A tragedy waiting to happen: Minimum medical requirements non-existent in MFA competitions.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 12:59

Earlier this year, the MFPA in a statement it made, reported multiple shocking incidents in local football ( http://www.maltafpa.com/ olderArticles.php?articleNo=74  ). The statement spoke of incidents whereby players did not have at their disposal, even the most basic medical assistance on site. Last Sunday 11th December 2016, yet another unacceptable incident took place at Hamrun’s Victor Tedesco Stadium, when Yessous Camilleri suffered a serious injury that could have jeopardised seriously his health and football career. Camilleri needed emergency medical attention, but instead his emergency had to wait.

Once again, an ambulance was not at the stadium during the game.

Once again, the health, fitness and well-being of a player were put at stake, because in Malta, clubs and MFA are still allowed to get away with not providing a safe working environment for players.

Once again, a player had to lay injured and cold, waiting for over 30 minutes for an ambulance and proper medical attention that should have been on site.

The MFPA remains outspoken about these unacceptable and illegal practices until incidents continue to happen. The MFPA will continue to harp on and repeat itself, until these incidents are a thing of the past. The MFPA calls on the MFA Council and MFA top officials to outline its position and take immediate remedial action on the matter.

Should the MFPA’s statement, once again, fall on deaf ears, the association together with the players will take action and if necessary involve the competent authorities. The safeguard of players’ fitness and health, is not only a player’s right, but also essential to the good of the game. The provision of an ambulance and medical assistance at all venues were organised football is played is the bare minimum.

Finally, the MFPA looks forward to the day when it could report, that proper measures were introduces by the clubs and MFA to ensure these incidents do not happen again.

MFPA wishes Yessous Camilleri a speedy recovery.

Yessous Camilleri





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