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Ħamrun Spartans say a decision on their licence application to be made on June 7

Ħamrun Spartans will discover whether they will represent Malta in the UEFA Champions League on Monday, June 7.

Last month, the Spartans ended a 30-year-wait to win the Premier League title when the Malta FA Council decided to crown them as Malta champions after the top-flight championship had passed the 75 per cent threshold of matches played.

However, the Spartans’ participation is subject to receiving a clearance by UEFA to hand them a licence due to their involvement in a match-fixing case that dates back to 2013.

Contacted by the Times of Malta, Marcel Bonnici, the Spartans chief executive officer, said that the club were notified by UEFA that a decision will be published on June 7.

“UEFA has started the process to decide whether we will be given a licence to play in this summer’s Champions League qualifiers,” Bonnici told the Times of Malta.

“They have appointed a UEFA Independent Ethics Officer who has drawn up a report on the case. We received this report and now we will make our own submissions to the case.

“A final decision is expected to be sent to us on Monday, June 7.”

UEFA’s decision might have repercussions on the other clubs who will represent Malta in the UEFA club competitions this summer.

Should Ħamrun Spartans not awarded a licence, Hibernians will represent Malta in the Champions League with Birkirkara and Gżira United joined by Mosta in the newly-formed UEFA Europa Conference League.

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