The Malta FA Protest Board upheld the protest filed by St Andrews FC in relation to the Premier League match with Floriana, played on December 8, at the Centenary Stadium, that finished in a goalless draw.

The Saints had filed the protest as they contended that the Greens didn’t have 11 homegrown players in their squad as stipulated by the MFA statute.

During the December 27 sitting, the Protest Board heard both clubs’ arguments and decided to accept St Andrews arguments and award them a 3-0 win.

This means that St Andrews will now be handed all three points and leapfrog the Greens in eighth place in the standings as they have 16 points, one clear of Floriana who are level with Tarxien Rainbows.

During the same sitting, the Board also heard the protest filed by Qormi FC in relation to the match against Birkirkara FC.

The Yellow-Blacks, who are battling to stay in the top-flight argued, that during the December 7 match, which Birkirkara won 2-1, the Stripes didn’t have 11 Maltese players in their squad.

But in this instance, the Protest Board didn’t accept Qormi’s argumentation and ruled that the final result will stand.

This means that Birkirkara remain sixth in the standings with 24 points while Qormi are 13th on four points, level with Senglea Athletic.