FIFA underlines complete safety for football matches to resume

FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks at a press conference during the football federation's Council meeting in Shanghai, east China, Oct. 24, 2019. FIFA has awarded the inaugural edition of its expanded 24-team Club World Cup to China. (Xinhua/Ding Ting)

Football competitions could resume only once complete safety of spectators and athletes is guaranteed, FIFA president required.

By Zhang Rongfeng

(Xinhua) — Football competitions could resume only once complete safety of spectators and athletes is guaranteed, FIFA President Gianno Infantino said on Friday.

“It would be more than irresponsible to force competitions to resume if things are not 100 percent safe. If we have to wait a little longer we must do so. It’s better to wait a little bit longer than to take any risks,” Infantino said in a statement published on the FIFA website.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino (C) looks on before the semifinal match between the Netherlands and Sweden at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup at Stade de Lyon in Lyon, France, July 3, 2019. (Xinhua/Chen Yichen)

Infantino added in the statement that FIFA is in a good financial position and has ample reserves to extend aid to football organizations and clubs put in dire straits by the coronavirus pandemic.

Infantino also asked the clubs not to overwork their players in making up for the lost time in the season.

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, most football competitions around the world were suspended and major tournaments planned for summer of 2020, chiefly the European Football Championship and Copa America, have been postponed till 2021.

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