FIFA president Gianni Infantino has warned against prematurely restarting football amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Most domestic leagues around the world are on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic while major tournaments such as Euro 2020 and the Copa America have been postponed for one year.
But despite the domestic leagues temporarily suspended, 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.
“No match, no competition, no league is worth risking a single human life, it is better to wait a little bit longer than to take risks,” Infantino said.
“I cannot stress this enough. 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,” he said.
“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,” emphasised the 50-year-old.
Football is continuing in only a handful of countries so far including Belarus, Burundi, Nicaragua and Tajikistan.
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By Ofhani Munyai