The BOV Premier League faces the possibility of being terminated for the second season in a row after health authorities refused to lift a ban on organised sport.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Robert Abela announced that primary and secondary schools will open next week as Malta begins to ease out of a quasi-lockdown.
Despite numerous appeals by several sporting associations, the ban on organised sports remains in place, meaning that the Premier League may have to be terminated once again.
If this is the case, under competition rules, Ħamrun Spartans will be declared champions for the eighth time in the club’s history.
While there is no definite date on when the ban will be lifted, Abela hinted that organised sports could return by 26th April.
“It is important that everyone remains responsible and does not break current restrictions that on 26th April we can look forward to reopening restaurants, bars and the return of organised sport,” he said.
Lovin Malta is informed that an Executive Committee meeting will be held this Friday to determine whether the Premier League will be terminated.
Last week, three of Malta’s top sporting associations, including the Malta Football Association, renewed their appeal to allow the gradual return of competitive sports when quasi-lockdown ends.
“Malta is the only country where all sport, including the elite level, has been stopped,” said MFA President Bjorn Vassallo.
“This is the professional level which represents the livelihood of many players and technical staff. Furthermore, this prolonged period of inactivity will impact fitness and technical levels both at club level, where our clubs will in a couple of months’ time compete on the European stage, as well as the national team, which has important international commitments in the windows of June and September,” he said.
Last year, the Premier League was also terminated as a result of the ongoing pandemic. Floriana FC was declared champions amidst criticism and backlash from other clubs.
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