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Floriana FC handed suspended three-point penalty for racist abuse against Sta Lucia goalkeeper

Floriana FC have been fined €3,000 and handed a suspended three-point penalty after they were found guilty of racial behaviour by their fans during their Premier League match against Sta Lucia FC earlier this season.

The case goes back to last August when Sta Lucia goalkeeper Julani Archibald was subjected to racist abuse by a group of Floriana FC fans during his Premier League debut with the Saints.

One fan, in particular, was heard shouting a racist slur.

Following the incident, the Malta Football Association and the Police opened an investigation on the incident and a few days later the local governing body of football amended its regulations.

In fact, football officials can now stop a match if there is persistent racist abuse against any player on the field of play and even the game could be suspended if the abuse does not stop.

The ruling by the Malta FA Control, Discipline and Ethics Board means that Floriana will be deducted three points should there fans be involved in a similar incident.

In the aftermath of the match, both Floriana FC and Sta Lucia had condemned the incident and vowed to help the authorities to find the culprits.

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