Von der Hey­den Group to spon­sor ci­ti­zens

● Val­letta FC to press for 11 for­eign­ers as from next sea­son

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Henry Brin­cat

Val­letta FC yes­ter­day an­nounced they had se­cured a new spon­sor­ship deal with the Von der Hey­den Group of Ger­many, who are now based in Val­letta.

Club pres­i­dent Vic­tor Scir­iha said Val­letta are do­ing their best to at­tract more spon­sors to the club.

“Our bud­get is al­ways on the increase – we need well over one mil­lion eu­ros this year to cope and in the hope of win­ning ti­tles as much as pos­si­ble,” he said.

Val­letta FC’s cur­rent spon­sors also in­clude Iniala. But in the near fu­ture, City hope to an­nounce a new strong spon­sor­ship with Tipico.

The chair­man of City’s new spon­sors, VDHG, Sven von der Hey­den, said yes­ter­day they hope to be able to in­vest in Malta in the near fu­ture in var­i­ous bou­tiques, in­clud­ing one in the cap­i­tal.

Von der Hey­den, a self-pro­claimed pas­sion­ate fan of Ger­man gi­ants Bay­ern Mu­nich, said it was nat­u­ral for VDHG to spon­sor Val­letta not only be­cause their of­fices are lo­cated in the cap­i­tal but also be­cause he loves the city and its pas­sion­ate football fans.

“We hope to help Val­letta win the Premier League ti­tle again this sea­son,” Von der Hey­den said.

Press­ing for 11 for­eign­ers

Club pres­i­dent Vic­tor Scir­iha re­vealed yes­ter­day that it is pos­si­ble that as from next sea­son, lo­cal Premier league clubs will be able to field 11 for­eign­ers.

“This is be­cause the pool of home grown play­ers is too re­stricted,” he added.

Alexan­der Fenech, the vice-pres­i­dent of Val­letta FC, re­vealed that the sub­ject has al­ready been dis­cussed by the Premier Di­vi­sion Stand­ing Com­mit­tee (PDSC) and there seems to be a con­sen­sus among the ma­jor­ity of the clubs with re­gards the num­ber of for­eign play­ers.

Fenech said that with 11 for­eign­ers, clubs like Val­letta would have a bet­ter chance of ad­vanc­ing in Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tions.

He also said he hopes that two of the big clubs, that is Val­letta and Birkirkara, will have their own fa­cil­i­ties. “For train­ing alone, we spend over €50,000 at present. This is not fair,” he added.

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