FIFA Chief warns Football associations against restarting football too early. The sport has come to a standstill following the coronavirus crisis.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has warned football against restarting football too early amid the coronavirus pandemic. He told FIFA’s 211 member associations on Friday that such behaviour would be risky and irresponsible.
The current crisis has seen football leagues and competitions around the world come to a halt. Major tournaments like the European football championship and the Copa America have also been postponed till the summer of 2021.
Infantino admitted last week that he or as a matter of fact “nobody knows” when football would return around the globe but said that when it returns it is “going to be different”. He has now advised FIFA members to not rush the return of football.
FIFA Chief warns Football associations against restarting football too early
“As our main priority, our principles, the ones we employ in our competitions and also we invite to everyone to follow, is health comes first,” Infantino said in a statement published on the FIFA website.
“As much as I emphasise it, it is not enough. It’s not worth to put at risk any human life for any game, any competition, nor any league. Everyone should have this clear in their minds.
“It would be more than irresponsible to force competitions to resume if things are not 100 percent safe. If we have to wait a little longer, we must do so. It’s better to wait a little bit longer than to take any risks.”
In the same statement, Infantino added that FIFA is in a good financial position and has ample reserves to extend aid to football organizations and clubs put in dire straits by the coronavirus pandemic.
Infantino also asked the clubs not to overwork their players in making up for the lost time in the season.
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