Following last month’s referees’ exchange with Northern Ireland, this coming weekend sees a similar initiative with another country – this time local officials will be in charge of a match in the Latvian Higher League.
On Saturday 15th September, Elite Referee Mario Apap together with FIFA Assistant Referee Edward Spiteri and Elite Assistant Referee Thomas Debono, will be in charge of the important derby match – FK Spartaks vs FC J?rmala at Slokas Stadium, J?rmala (kick-off 15:00 CET).
Referees from Latvia will be coming over to Malta to take charge of the BOV Premier League Sliema Wanderers vs Hibernians to be played on Saturday 06th October at 1500hrs at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali.
The Malta FA is pleased to invest in these exchanges with other countries as part of its commitment to upgrade the refereeing sector and provide opportunities to referees for further development.
Such opportunities are not only being given to match officials on the FIFA List, but also to other top Maltese referees officiating in the Premier league, such in the case of Gozitan Referee Mario Apap who will be making his debut as a referee in international football on Saturday in Latvia.
Other referees’ exchanges will be announced in the next few weeks.
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