EXCLUSIVE: MFA completes proposals for supporters to return to stadiums from November
TVMSport sources have confirmed that during recent hours the Malta Football Association has finalised its proposals for the Public Health Authorities to enable spectators to return to local stadiums from November onward.
MFA President Bjorn Vassallo had already indicated this at the last Executive meeting and reflected this in a personal tweet a short while ago.
Vassallo accentuated on the three international home matches for the national team during early November and said these will be open to the public and following these the public may attend national league matches.
The UEFA Executive Committee in recent days decided that local competitive matches may continue to be attended by spectators as long as health and hygiene standards are maintained and approved by local Health Authorities.
The UEFA document includes various procedures that have to be implemented, including risk assessments based on protocols announced by FIFA in recent hours.
These mean that for international matches and matches in the Champions and Europa Leagues throughout Europe can be attended by spectators o a limited of 30% of stadium capacities where matches are being held.
In local terms this means the Ta’ Qali National Stadium can allow the entry of 500 spectators in each sector the stadium.
Where domestic championship matches are concerned it will remain up to the local Health Authorities to regulate attendances.
Presently, as in many other countries, matches are being played behind closed doors and only 200 authorised persons enabled to attend, including the team squads and others that have an operational role.
So far this season all matches played at Ta’ Qali have followed MFA protocols and the schedules have at no point been interrupted.