All the major football leagues around the globe have been suspended due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. More than 200,000 people have tested positive and around 50,000 have died due to this COVID-19 outbreak. The whole world has almost been locked down to cope with this pandemic.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino thinks that football will be different when it returns. And the most important part is that we don’t know when football will resume.
While addressing the 72nd Ordinary CONMEBOL Congress via videolink, Infantino said: “Football is not the most important thing, health comes first and should remain our priority until this sickness has been defeated.”
“The world is facing new challenges and we have to stay together and work as a team. This is the lesson that football can give: to work as a team. Tomorrow we all would like to see football again, but we don’t know when we will be able to resume playing and no one around the world knows when we will be able to play like before.”
“It is very important that football follows the instructions of the health authorities and governments, and it is very important that football gives a good example because it’s clear that no match is more important than human life. This we need to clearly have in our minds, while at the same time… working with confidence and thinking positively towards the future.”
“We have to look ahead and can’t remain passive as [the coronavirus] will affect us. Both our world and our sport will be different once we return to normality. It is our responsibility as football administrators, first of all, to ensure football can survive and secondly move forward once again. This is not only our responsibility but also our obligation.”
A few days back, Infantino also gave an interview to La Gazzetta Dello Sport. He talked about the possibility of reforming football with fewer competitions to try to cope with the disruption to the footballing calendar.
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