Mosta-Sirens protest to be re-examined by the MFA Protest Board

The Malta FA Executive Committee have decided that the Protest Board will re-examine the complaint filed by Mosta FC against the result of their Premier League clash against Sirens.

The ruling was sent to the clubs following an urgent meeting held on Friday afternoon by the Malta FA top brass who discussed the recent protests lodged over the Premier League matches Hibernians vs Ħamrun Spartans and Sirens vs Mosta that were marred by some administrative flaws.

Earlier this week, the Malta FA announced that it had launched an internal investigation on both protests.

The local governing body of football had said that it was initiating an inquiry to understand “the shortcomings in the procedures followed by the Registrations Department, if any, and identify responsibilities where and as appropriate.”

During Friday’s Executive Committee it was established that in the case lodged by Hibernians against Ħamrun Spartans over the eligibility of defender Christian Rutjens, it was established that it was the governing body and not Ħamrun Spartans who had committed the mistake in the case and therefore the ruling of the Protest Board to not uphold the Paolites complaint will remain unchanged.

On the other hand, the Executive Committee said that Sirens and Mosta will have to reappear in front of the Protest Board as the ruling taken by the body were made on false evidence and therefore the case has to be re-examined.

Mosta had lodged the protest against Sirens as they contended that the St Paul’s Bay time had 15 non-homegrown players registered on the books at the end of the January transfer window, one more than stipulated by the MFA regulations.

The Executive Committee said that the protest will be examined by a new panel of officials that will be appointed in the coming days.

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