The Malta Independent 17 May 2022, Tuesday

MFA upset easing of Covid restrictions did not include outdoor sport

Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 11:36 Last update: about 5 months ago

The Malta Football Association expressed its disagreement with the Health Authorities’ decision not to include outdoor sports events among the several activities that will no longer require attendees to present a vaccination certificate for entry.

The announcement by Health Minister Dr Chris Fearne on Tuesday that vaccination certificates will no longer be mandatory for entry into several catering and entertainment venues represented a bittersweet moment for Maltese sport as outdoor sports events have been surprisingly excluded from this list, the MFA said on its Facebook page.

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“This decision has again raised questions about the criteria used by the Health Authorities in removing the vaccination requirement for events held at various closed venues while, on the other hand, enforcing this measure for outdoor sports activities,” the MFA said.

“This is another slap in the face for the sports associations, athletes, coaches, match officials, volunteers, fans and all those involved in local sport as our unstinting efforts to deal with the ongoing difficulties and financial repercussions caused by Covid-19 are being constantly hindered by incoherent measures,” the associated added.

The MFA said that these inconsistencies have created a perception that the booster is now only needed by persons attending sports events as the vaccination will not remain obligatory for a host of other events.

While urging the Government to reconsider this decision, the MFA appealed for sports to be treated fairly and equally.

The statement is supported by the Malta Football Players Association (MFPA), the Malta Football Coaches Association (MFCA), the Malta Football Referees Association (MFRA) and the Malta Professional Football Clubs Association (MPFCA). 

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