Ranier Bezzina has been named as the new deputy president of Hibernians FC, the Premier League club announced.
The Paolites have been looking to install a new president following the death of the legendary Anthony Bezzina who had been at the helm of the club for almost 40 years.
“The Executive Committee of Hibernians FC would like to announce that during a committe meeting, led by club vice-president Alex Montebello, it was unanimously agreed that general manager Ranier Bezzina should be co-opted as a member of the executive committee of the club, as well as taking role and functions of acting president of Hibernians FC until the end of the season when an annual general meeting is held,” the club said in a statement.
“This decisioin was taken in extraordinary circumstances in the light of the club statute that stipulates that when the position of president become vacant an extraordinary general meeting has to be held in the next three weeks so the position is filled.
“Due to COVID-19 restrictions decided by the government, to control the spread of the virus, it’s not physically possible that the meeting can be held at this moment of time.
“The Executive Committee meeting started with a vote of gratitude and acclamation towards the late president Anthony Bezzina, who wrote glorious pages in the history of Hibernians FC and his absence will be felt not only by the official, the first-team squad and fans of Hibernians FC but also the whole Maltese football family, particularly the community of Paola.”