The Malta FA Protest Board did not uphold the complaint lodged by Ħamrun Spartans against the result of their Premier League match against Birkirkara that was played on Wednesday.
The two clubs cancelled each other in a goalless draw at the National Stadium, a result that did little to boost their hopes of closing the gap with runaway leaders Hibernians.
However, the following day Ħamrun Spartans lodged a protest to the Malta FA, contending that for the match Birkirkara had 13 non-homegrown players registered, one more than the governing body’s competition rules permit.
The MFA Protest Board heard the two clubs during a sitting on Saturday morning and after a lengthy deliberation they decided to throw out the Spartans complaint.
“In its sitting earlier today, the Protests Board of the Malta Football Association did not uphold the protest filed by Hamrun Spartans FC in relation to the match against Birkirkara FC, played on the 26th January, 2022 at the National Stadium which had ended 0-0,” the Malta FA said in a statement.
“Reasons will be given at a later sitting.”
Ħamrun Spartans remain in third place on 26 points, one ahead of Birkirkara.