The Upper Barrakka Gardens, Valletta, was the excellent venue for a dinner hosted by the Malta Football Association on the occasion of the UEFA Top Executive Programme and the UEFA EXCO meeting, both two-day events held in Malta in mid-September.
Among those who attended were the Prime Minister of Malta, Hon. Dr Joseph Muscat, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport, Chris Agius, Michel Platini, UEFA President, Gianni Infantino, UEFA General Secretary, UEFA Executive Committee members, MFA President, Norman Darmanin Demajo and General Secreary, Bjorn Vassallo. Also present were national associations presidents and general secretaries as well as UEFA directors and other MFA top officials and council members besides MFA clubs and member associations presidents.
In an introductory address the MFA President welcomed all those present in the fortified capital city of Valletta during the year marking the 450th anniversary of the Great Siege. He thanked UEFA for its continued trust in the Malta FA when assigning it to host the TEP and Exco meetings. Darmanin Demajo also thanked the Prime Minister for supporting local football and the country’s football fraternity in being united for the good of the game.
Michel Platini expressed his gratitude to the Malta FA and thanked the association for the excellent organistion of the two events. He said he was very pleased to be back in Malta and mentioned the consolidated friendship with the MFA, it’s president and the people of Malta.
The pleasant atmosphere at the Upper Barrakka Gardens was complemented by live transmissions of the UEFA Champions League matches and lovely music by Gorg Curmi (il-Puse), with the final attraction being a fireworks display synchronised with the UEFA Champions League official hymn. The event was held under cover of tent structures erected by Casapinta Group.