Gianni Infantino

COVID-19 FIFA: No match is worth risking a life – Gianni Infantino

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association {FIFA} President, Gianni Infantino has revealed that no ‘match is worth risking a life for’ football activities worldwide will not start until Coronavirus has ended and it becomes safe for people to attend public events and have mass gatherings,

Infantino, who made this known on thursday through Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), said that sports has been brought to a halt due to the COVID-19 outbreak which has killed more than 95,500 people globally.

He said, FIFA would help financially affected national football federations during the coronavirus pandemic as major leagues and competitions in the world have been halted causing a drastic stoppage of revenue streams.

”Given this, we are already collaborating with you to assess the financial impact to prepare the right answer.”

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

“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.

“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.”

“We are today in a very strong financial situation,” Infantino said.

“But our reserves are not FIFA’s money. It is football’s money. So when football is in need, we must think what we can do to help… It is our responsibility and our duty.”