All organised sport suspended until April 11 following record number of positive COVID-19 cases

Prime Minister Dr Robert Abela announced that all organised sport has been suspended with immediate effect until April 11 following a record number of 510 positive cases of COVID-19 reported on Wednesday.

Dr Abela was addressing a press conference together with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Dr Chris Fearne and Superintendent for Health Dr Charmaine Gauci.

Scheduled matches included BOV Premier League, BOV Challenge League, the National Amateur Cup and the National Amateur Super Cup finals and BOV Women’s League matches as Youth League, Women’s Under-19 League, Women’s Under-15 League and Women’s Under-15 Knock-Out matches had already been postponed along with competitions organised by the Youth FA.

Fixtures also include the European Qualifier Malta vs Russia on March 24.

The Malta Football Association issued a statement in which it said

Football competitions suspended until 11th April, 2021 

“In view of the measure prohibiting all organised sport until 11th April, 2021 due  to the COVID-19 pandemic, as announced by the Government today, the Malta Football  Association is temporarily suspending all football competitions in Malta and Gozo, effective from  tomorrow, 11th March, 2021. “

“The Malta FA is keeping regular contact with the Ministry responsible for sport as it continues to  monitor the situation very closely, also in view of the national teams’ upcoming international  matches, scheduled to take place in the final week of March, and the required preparations for  these commitments. “

“While reiterating that, in the current situation, the health and well-being of all remains the number  one priority, the Malta FA will be pursuing further discussions with the relevant authorities to  minimise the disruptive effect such restrictions have on football and sports in general.”