Sciriha’s outburst is not legitimateSaturday, March 13, 2010, 20:59
by Sandro Micallef
News that the Valletta FC boss Sciriha implicated that he knew that a person gave a bonus to the Sliema players prior to Saturday’s game against his team quickly spread through local football fans.
Everything happened in my weekly programme Matchday which is aired on Melita Sports immediately after the end of the live game that was being broadcast on Saturday. I was astonished to hear such allegations by the Valletta President as it was himself who opted to deviate his after match comments to an allegation statement that “a well known person who was involved in football but is not officially anymore is providing cash bonuses to the Sliema players every time they play against Valletta”.
I tried to press Mr. Sciriha to name this person but I was not going to commit myself on air to ask him deliberately if he was referring to Robert Arrigo.
To be very honest I do not see any wrong doing of Club officials, individuals or supporters who give and promise financial bonuses to their players to beat a particular team, and that is why I think Sciriha’s outburst after the loss against Sliema was not legitimate.
I have been following Maltese football for the past 15 years sand I have heard a lot of alleged stories of corruption and other issues but when it comes to bonuses from the same club to it’s players I sincerely never regarded this as an issue.
What I really do not approve is when bonuses are promised and cashed from a Club to another Club to win against a third party…. That is purely corruption.