Match against Malta limited to 2000 spectators
Gibraltar’s away friendly internationals against Malta and Liechtenstein continue unaffected by the recent precautionary measures taken by the Maltese authorities to stop the spread of COVID-19 virus.
Both matches are due to be played at the end of this month in Malta.
In the latest official statement issued by Malta FA it has confirmed that all matches played in Malta, including internationals will adhere to a strict limit of 2000 spectators.
The Malta Football Association is following the directives and precautions issued by the Maltese health authorities regarding the COVID-19 virus.
“The Association is in direct contact with the Ministry of Health to safeguard the health and well-being of its members, employees, and all persons taking part in football activities, including players, coaches, helpers, club officials, stadium personnel and spectators.”
“With reference to the measures announced by the government, particularly the one concerning public events involving over 2,000 people, the Malta FA has duly taken note of this. This measure is not expected to impact the domestic football competitions and the international matches in the foreseeable future. So far, all fixtures scheduled for the next seven days will go ahead as planned but the maximum allowed capacity at all stadia will NOT exceed the quota set by the government.”
Malta FA will implement an electronic ticketing system at local stadia to ensure compliance. The allocation of stands will be done in accordance with the advice given by the police.
The Gibraltar FA continue to monitor the situation and are understood to be reviewing the situation constantly. The prospect of further restrictions on travel into Malta, as well as any further guidances policies implemented by UEFA and governmental authorities could still have an impact on international matches, including Gibraltar’s U21 matches at the end of this month.
Although both the senior national squad and the U21s were on a Tuesday training together there is some pessimism over whether matches will still take place.
The Under 21 internationals will be impacted by the present no spectator policies.
The Gibraltar FA are understood to be working behind the scenes to ensure both domestic league and international matches can be live-streamed in order to bring the action to supporters.