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Inter-insular football matches cancelled

Inter-insular football matches cancelled

Saturday 01 August 2020

Inter-insular football matches cancelled


The Channel Island Inter-Insular Football Committee has taken the decision to cancel all the remaining 2019/20 matches.

Following the previous decision taken on 13 March to postpone the Muratti Vase competition, the committee has decided that the remaining games can no longer be played in as a consequence of the covid-19 pandemic.

Guernsey FA Chief Executive, and Inter-Insular Committee Secretary, Gary Roberts, commented: "Whilst this decision has not been taken lightly, the Inter-Insular Committee decided that the continuing travel restrictions, combined with the on-going uncertainty and risk associated with covid-19, left no viable alternative but to confirm the cancellation of those matches yet to be played."

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Pictured: Due to "travel restrictions combined with the on-going uncertainty and risk associated with covid-19, there were no viable alternatives left but to cancel the matches."

Mr Roberts continued: "The Committee understands the tradition and history attached to these matches and there is a unified commitment to working together to see these fixtures return in the 2020/21 season.

"However, at the same time there is recognition of the social responsibility to place the health and well-being of the local communities at the forefront of our decision making, and the Committee will continue to be led by government guidance before confirming the return of these fixtures.

Jersey FA, and Inter-Insular Committee, President, Bradley Vowden stated: “As a Committee we are genuinely disappointed not to be able to conclude this year’s Muratti fixtures, especially with it coinciding with Alderney's Centenary Year and our 75th Liberation Anniversary."

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Pictured: Jersey Goalkeeper Euan van der Vliet at last year's Murrati.

"However, the scheduled dates for next year’s Muratti weekend are planned for 15 and 16 May in Jersey subject to football and travel being permitted, and we sincerely hope that these will go ahead as planned," added Mr Vowden.

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