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Ħamrun defender Rutjens set to be summoned in front of MFA Disciplinary Commissioner

Ħamrun Spartans defender Christian Rutjens is set to be summoned in front of the Malta FA Disciplinary Commissioner following a recommendation made to the Malta FA by the world governing body FIFA.

The issue centres around the complaint made by Hibernians FC against the result of their Premier League match against Ħamrun Spartans, which the latter won 2-1.

The Paolites had argued that Rutjens was ineligible to play the match as he had a two-match ban that he had failed to serve since leaving Floriana two seasons ago.

Since then, Rutjens went on to play for Italian side Foggia and Chindia, in Romania before returning to the Maltese Premier League in January when he joined Ħamrun Spartans.

Hibernians’ complaint was not upheld by the MFA Protest Board as the Spartans were not found guilty of committing any mistake in fielding the player.

But the Malta FA admitted that an administrative mistake was made on the players’ TMS when he left Floriana and joined Italian side Foggia.

During the last meeting of the Malta FA Executive Committee Hibernians requested the local governing body that in the light of the error committed by the MFA, the general secretary had a conflict of interest in the merit of the board sentence.

A vote was taken on the matter by the members of the Executive Committee on the matter and Hibernians’ request was turned down.

However, after the vote it was also announced, that based on a FIFA recommendation on the case, Rutjens will be summoned in front of the Disciplinary Committee to answer on any shortcomings the player may have committed.

No official date has been set on when Rutjens will appear in front of the Disciplinary Commissioner until the time of writing.

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