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COVID-19 – Informative meetings with club representatives
May 6, 2020
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As part of the on-going discussions on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on local football, Malta Football Association President Bjorn Vassallo is holding a series of videoconference meetings with representatives of the clubs in all four divisions of Maltese football.


The first meeting took place on Monday with representatives of the clubs in the BOV Second and Third Division leagues.

 

The decisions taken by the Association’s Executive Committee last week and the latest developments in the evolving COVID-19 situation were the focal points of this informative and positive online meeting.

 

A detailed timeline of all the important updates and measures taken both locally and at European level since the Malta FA Bureau suspended all domestic football and futsal competitions on March 12 was presented during the meeting. The decision to terminate all the lower-division competitions was taken by the end of April and therefore during the same period when these competitions were originally scheduled to conclude.

 

A videoconference meeting with representatives of the BOV Premier League clubs is scheduled to take place tomorrow (Thursday, May 7) and another one for the BOV First Division clubs will be held in due course.

 

Over the past weeks, the Malta FA also held similar videoconference meetings with representatives of the clubs taking part in the Gozo FA competitions as well as representatives of the youth nurseries in Malta.

 

“The Malta Football Association has been in regular contact with all the clubs and stakeholders since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Bjorn Vassallo, the Malta FA President, said.

 

“Communication is essential during these unprecedented times. In these videoconference meetings with representatives of all the clubs, we are giving the latest updates on the work and efforts of the Association in trying to deal with the challenges posed by the coronavirus while also giving the clubs the opportunity to express their views and positions on important matters.

 

“The Malta FA is constantly monitoring the situation and striving to take the appropriate measures to minimise the impact on our clubs. Everyone recognises that these are hard times and there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution for the difficulties we are facing but we are doing our utmost to address these challenges in a collective and coordinated manner. Anything of this magnitude creates the opportunity for new thinking so that we can emerge stronger in the new normal.”

 

“Everyone has been forced out of their usual routine and although this is hard both mentally and emotionally, we all need to be resilient. Therefore, I urge everyone, from administrators to athletes and supporters, to be responsible in managing their behaviour and expectations,” the Malta FA President concluded. 

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