The Malta Football Players Association said in a statement that should health authorities give their go-ahead for the resumption of football activities, a number of health protocols should be followed in order to safeguard players.
The MFPA says that if training sessions and matches resume before a vaccine is widely available:
– All players and essential staff must be tested, with ongoing monitoring for possible latent symptoms.
– Players must have full medical coverage and access to medical staff throughout.
– Premises must be equipped with hygiene supplies.
The Malta Football Association said that players need a period of three weeks before matches can start so that players can rebuild stamina. Training intensity should be increased gradually.
The MFPA pointed out that pushing the season into the summer months will also bring with it other health considerations such as physiological health problems due to the extreme temperatures usually experienced in summer.