It would be irresponsible to resume too soon – Infantino

  • FIFA president Gianni Infantino warned officials that the leagues should not be resumed too soon.


Modified April 10, 2020, 05:06 IST

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said resuming competition too early in the coronavirus epidemic would be “more than responsible”.

Sport around the world is stalled by COVID-19, which has killed more than 95,500 people worldwide.

The Bundesliga may restart in May with plans to resume leagues, but Infantino warned it would be dangerous to go back too soon.

“Health comes first, as our main priority, our policies, the ones we engage in in our competitions and we invite everyone to follow,” he said Thursday through the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). ) Said Thursday through.

“As much as I have emphasized, it is not enough. There should be no human life at stake for any sport, any competition or any league. This should be clear in everyone’s mind.

“If the situation is not 100 percent safe, then restarting the competition will be more than a responsibility. If you have to wait a little longer, we should do so. It is better to wait a bit than to take risks.”

Many companies and leagues around the world face financial complications in terms of COVID-19, especially if games are canceled or played behind closed doors.

FIFA has been told it will use $ 2.7 billion in cash reserves to create an emergency fund, and Infantino said the Steering Committee is planning to help.

“Thanks to the work we’ve done together at FIFA over the past four years, we find ourselves in a very strong financial situation. FIFA has a reputation in the financial markets,” he said.

“It helps us consolidate a solid base of important reserves, but our reserves do not mean FIFA, it means football. So, when football is needed, we need to think of solutions to help. It is our responsibility as president of FIFA. .

“As football has stopped all over the world, from base to professional football, we all face economic problems at different levels. Given this, we are already cooperating with you to assess the financial impact of preparing the correct answer.”

Published April 10, 2020, 05:06 IST

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