The 2020 Muratti Vase has been cancelled because of the continuing threat of Covid-19.
The final of the Channel Islands’ annual football tournament between Jersey and the winner of that match was due to be held on 16 May.
This year’s event would have marked 100 years since Alderney lifted the Muratti Vase for the first and only time in 1920 and there was a big build up to the first match.
Alderney FC chairman Reg Atkins had hoped that the Guernsey-Alderney fixture could have been played in September.
However, this week the Inter-Insular Committee took the decision to cancel the 2020 Muratti Vase tournament outright.
Next year’s semi-final has been provisionally arranged for March 20th 2021.
Alderney’s Priaulx League matches against Guernsey squads will recommence in September.
Guernsey FA chief executive Gary Roberts, also secretary of the Inter-Insular Committee, said:
“Whilst this decision has not been taken lightly, the Inter-Insular Committee decided that the continuing travel restrictions, combined with the on-going uncertainty and risk associated with Covid-19, left no viable alternative but to confirm the cancellation of those matches yet to be played.
“However, at the same time there is recognition of the social responsibility to place the health and well-being of the local communities at the forefront of our decision making, and the committee will continue to be led by government guidance before confirming the return of these fixtures.”
“The committee understands the tradition and history attached to these matches and there is a unified commitment to working together to see these fixtures return in the 2020-21 season.‘