FIFA’s medical chief has called for the cancellation of all leagues


Retrieved 29 April 2020, 00:10 IST

FIFA Medical Chief Michelle D’Hag

FIFA medical chief Michel de Hughes believes there should be no football until the start of next season due to concerns about the “second attack” of the coronavirus.

The Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 campaigns began on Tuesday when French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that professional football could not resume before September.

Apart from Argentina’s domestic season, Eredivisie has also been canceled, but they plan to work again in countries such as England, Spain, Germany and Italy.

D’Hag is concerned that financial priorities are being given priority over health.

He told the Daily Telegraph: “We can all make decisions at the national level from government authorities. It’s very simple. Football doesn’t suddenly become the most important thing in life.

“If we can, in a convenient way, start the next championship and I would be happy not to get anything before the start of next season.

‘I would be happy if they could start the 2020-21 season in late August or early September. Then they can avoid a second attack from the virus, it is not impossible.

“Everyone has to be very careful at the moment. I have heard in many countries that they are thinking of playing football again with or without the public.

“In my long career, I’ve seen a lot of situations where there’s a balance between the economy and health.

“If there’s a situation where physician arguments can win against economic reasoning, it’s now. It’s not a matter of money, it’s a matter of life and death. It’s very common.”