BOV Premier League kick-off to be delayed?

The kick-off of the BOV Premier League could be delayed by two weeks as the MFA Executive Committee is expected to discuss the issue after a number of clubs had their pre-season training disrupted due to quarantine.

Players of Balzan, Birkirkara and Tarxien Rainbows were placed under quarantine after they had one or more players testing positive for COVID-19 while Hamrun Spartans and Zejtun Corinthians also had to suspend their training sessions for a few days until all players and technical staff were confirmed negative to the test following the positive case of a match official in a friendly match between the two sides.

On Tuesday, Balzan announced that they had made a formal request to the association to postpone the kick-off by fifteen days.

“The club feels that it is in the interest of fair play, League integrity, not to mention the health of the players, that we be given adequate time to complete our physical preparations for the new season,” said Balzan FC in the statement.

The league was due to kick-off on September 11.

Meanwhile Floriana would be playing in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League on September 17. Should any of Valletta, Hibernians and Sirens qualify on Thursday, they would also be in action on September 17.