Watch: Floriana supporters descend on the Granaries to celebrate

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Floriana supports have descended on the Granaries celebrating after the Malta Football Association Council declared Floriana as the new Malta football champions on Monday. The Council also agreed to a motion by the Gozo Football Association which saw Nadur Youngsters being crowned as champions of the GFA Division One and Sannat Lions of the GFA Division Two.

The Premier League was stopped in March. At the time Floriana had 41 points, ahead of Valletta and Hibernians. Last week, the MFA Executive Committee ended the league because of the coronavirus pandemic resulting in a videoconference meeting on Monday during which the delegates voted to award the league to Floriana.

Floriana supporters immediately descended on the Granaries to celebrate the awarding of the league, gathering in their hundreds waving flags and chanting football slogans. This was in an apparent breach of the social distancing rules currently in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

At present, people who do not belong to the same household can only gather in groups of six outside.

‘No one is above the law’

Following through SkyLine Web Cams, heard a person who identified himself as the Assistant Commissioner, address the crowd, at around 9.20pm on Monday. The man told the revelers that due to the coronavirus pandemic the activity was illegal and ordered them to disperse as the spontaneous gathering has been terminated. He explained that while he understands their need to celebrate, the current regulations do not allow such gatherings. He reminded them that no one was above the law and the police would be forced to slap them with fines if they persisted.

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