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Watch: Mosta FC and Raiders Għargħur players take a knee to send strong anti-racism message

Raiders Għargħur captain Maya Lucia (from right) along with team-mates and players from Mosta hold a banner against racism in football. Photo: Jonathan Borg

Mosta FC and Raiders Għargħur sent a powerful message against racism before their BOV Women’s League match at the Mġarr Ground on Tuesday night following Sunday’s incidents during an U-19 match between the two clubs.

Last Sunday, Raiders Għargħur player Maya Lucia alleged on social media that she suffered racial abuse during the U-19 league match against Mosta at the Marsaskala Ground.

Video: Jonathan Borg

The Police and the Malta FA are currently gathering more information from the clubs involved and other relevant parties while the alleged incident has been reported to the police by the player’s club.

While this alleged incident drew the condemnation from several organisations and politicians, the two clubs decided that they sent a clear message against racism before the start of Tuesday’s match.

Maya Lucia kneels down prior to kick off at the Mġarr Ground.

In fact, both sets of players took the pitch wearing anti-racism shirt before they held a banner which said: “Not In My Game No To Racism”

Prior to kick-off, both sets of players kneeled down to show support to Maya and other players who suffered racial abuse in recent months.

Match officials and players from Raiders Għargħur and Mosta take a knee prior to kick off at the Mġarr Ground.

Malta FA president Bjorn Vassallo spoke with Maya prior to kick off and he had words of encouragement to the young player in the light of the alleged incidents.

MFA president Bjorn Vassallo speaks to Maya Lucia prior to kick off.

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