The Italian has put the onus on health citing that football will return only after normalcy.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has made it clear that there is no risk being taken towards rushing football action back and that the primary focus is on getting the health situation sorted. The head of the global sport followed on the same lines as various personalities in the administration of the sport including UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.
It has been well documented by now that football among all other sporting activities have been temporarily ceased for more than a month due to the crisis surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19.
Infantino stressed that at this point starting any tournament without ensuring 100% safety of everyone involved would be highly “irresponsible”.
“As our main priority, our principles, the ones we employ in our competitions and also invite everyone to follow, is that health comes first. As much as I emphasise it, it is not enough. It is not worth putting any life at risk any human life for any game, any competition, nor any league. Everyone should have this clear in their minds,” Infantino was quoted as saying by TOI.
Infantino added, “It would be more than irresponsible to restart the competitions if the situation is not 100% safe. If we must wait a bit more time, then it is better to wait a bit more than taking risks.”
Infantino words come on the back of football action being stopped in its tracks with the business end of this season being postponed or undergoing the situation of the season being scrapped which has already been implemented by certain leagues across Europe.
The postponement of the 2019-20 season could see serious complications arise over the start and scheduling of the next season since it gets crunched between the current one and the important assignments of the Euros, Copa America and the Olympics all of which got postponed to the summer of 2021.