The Malta Football Association issued a statement following the incident that occurred in the closing minutes of Sunday’s BOV Premier League match between Senglea Athletic and Birkirkara which resulted in the dismissal of players Andrè Scicluna and Paul Mbong.
“The nature of the on-pitch incident restricts the extent of the disciplinary action which will be addressed through the established procedures and structures, meaning that the Disciplinary Commissioner’s first-instance judgement will be based on the official reporting submitted to date.”
“However, given the seriousness of the claims made thereafter, the Association has formally asked its Ethics and Integrity Committee to look into the case by way of verifying the facts. Any further action would depend on the findings of this assessment.”
“Without any prejudice to this case, the Malta FA reiterates its commitment to fighting racism while encouraging and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in football as reflected by the ongoing initiatives and projects.”
In a statement on Sunday, Paul Mbong implied that he was racially abused by a Senglea player.
However, on Monday, Andre Scicluna stressed that his reaction in no way whatsoever consisted of any racial references.