The Malta Football Association has released an official statement detailing how former Malta National Football Team coach Devis Mangia was found guilty of improper conduct but not sexual harassment.
In an investigation carried out by the Safeguarding Board of MFA, it was deemed that no sufficient evidence to support the allegations of sexual harassment or grooming was found.
On the other hand, the board claimed to have found sufficient evidence to support the allegation of improper conduct.
The Board subsequently decided that Mangia shall be ‘temporarily suspended from participating in any football activity in Malta until he enrols to a course on professional boundaries, which he must complete within six months. The course chosen needs to be approved by the MFA Safeguarding Board.’
This comes after the coach was relieved of his duties in September of last year after two players from the national team reported him for improper conduct.
Mangia denied the claims and he may also appeal the new decision taken by the board.