COVID-19: ‘No Match Worth Risking A Life,’ – FIFA President

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has expressed the football governing body’s resolve toward ensuring the safety of players amid the coronavirus pandemic, adding that “no match” is worth “risking a single human life”.

He said FIFA would be able to help financially national federations during the coronavirus pandemic.

The majority of top football leagues and international competitions have been suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Infantino insisted that games would not resume until it was safe.

Speaking through a video message, he said, “Our first priority, our principle, the one we will use for our competitions and encourage everyone to follow is that health comes first,”

“I cannot stress this enough. No match, no competition, no league is worth risking a single human life.”

“It would be more than irresponsible to force competitions to resume if things are not 100% safe,” added Infantino.

On providing financial aid to struggling national federations, Infantino said FIFA will grant them an emergency relief fund.

FIFA last week postponed all international matches scheduled for June.

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