All local football and futsal matches have been suspended temporarily in light of the circumstances caused by the outbreak of COVID-19.
The Malta Football Association announced that a suspension will come into effect for the next 10 days effective from today, Friday March 13th.
“Following internal discussions as well as consultations with its medical unit and the relevant authorities on the extraordinary circumstances caused by the outbreak of COVID-19, which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the Malta Football Association Bureau this evening took the decision to suspend football and futsal matches from all competitions for the next 10 days,” the organisation said in a press release.
The suspension extends to all local leagues including youth matches, friendlies, events, festivals and training sessions both in Malta and Gozo. The MFA also ordered the temporary closure of the swimming pool in Ta’ Qali until further notice.
Several member clubs have reported that some of their players have entered self-quarantine as a consequence of the spread of COVID-19 on the island.
As it stands, the suspension will not disrupt Malta’s international fixtures to be played at the end of the month however, the MFA will discuss the situation with UEFA and all national associations this coming Tuesday.
Malta is set to play Gibraltar on the 26th of March, Liechtenstein on the 28th of March and Azerbaijan on the 30th of March.