FIFA president Gianni Infantino says it would be ‘irresponsible’ to prematurely


‘It’s better to wait a little bit longer than to take risks’: FIFA president Gianni Infantino says it would be ‘irresponsible’ to prematurely restart football amid coronavirus crisis

  • FIFA chief Gianni Infantino has warned against restarting football too quickly 
  • Most domestic leagues are indefinitely suspended due to coronavirus pandemic 
  • But discussions continue over re-introducing football after the health crisis 
  • However, Infantino believes that the public’s safety should be prioritised first 
  • Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has warned against prematurely restarting football amid the coronavirus crisis.

Despite most domestic leagues having been indefinitely suspended due to the escalating pandemic, discussions over re-introducing football around the world are ongoing. 

But Infantino told FIFA’s member associations that the health of the public should be prioritised first.

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino has warned against prematurely restarting football after the crisis

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino has warned against prematurely restarting football after the crisis

Euro 2020 and the Copa America have been placed on hold due to the global emergency, and only a handful of countries continue to host fixtures – including Belarus, Burundi, Nicaragua and Tajikistan.

And with sport severely disrupted as the world struggles to fight back against coronavirus, Infantino has stressed that football must remain secondary.

He said on Friday: ‘No match, no competition, no league is worth risking a single human life.

‘It’s better to wait a little bit longer than to take risks.’

The chief of the world governing body insisted that associations should remain fully focused on the current plight, until such a time when football is able to return and wouldn’t endanger the health of spectators. 

Euro 2020 and the Copa America have been placed on hold due to the escalating pandemic

Euro 2020 and the Copa America have been placed on hold due to the escalating pandemic

And Infantino believes that it would be 'irresponsible' for action to return and endanger lives

And Infantino believes that it would be ‘irresponsible’ for action to return and endanger lives

‘I cannot stress this enough,’ Infantino added. ‘Our first priority, our principle, the one we will use for our competitions and encourage everyone to follow, is that health comes first.

‘Everyone in the world should have this very clear in their mind.

‘It would be more than irresponsible to force competitions to resume if things are not 100% safe.

‘If football manages to have a discussion where everyone contributes positively, and keeps in mind the global interest over the individual one, I am convinced our future can be better than our past, and we will be better prepared for the times ahead.’

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