FIFA president sends clear message as Leeds United promotion bid remains on hold

GIANNI Infantino says health must come first in the current pause in football due to COVID-19 with the FIFA president fully prepared to wait rather than take risks.

Sunday, 12th April 2020, 3:03 pm
Updated Sunday, 12th April 2020, 3:06 pm

Football across the globe is on hold aside from a select few countries as the world attempts to combat coronavirus.

In England, and as far as Leeds United are concerned, the EFL season has been indefinitely suspended with the EFL hoping to play their remaining fixtures in a 56-day period in the summer months.

Speaking in a video message addressed to the 211 FIFA member associations and shared with members of the FIFA Council, Infantino delivered a clear message that any resumption of the game could only happen when 100 per cent safe.

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CLEAR MESSAGE: From FIFA president Gianni Infantino. Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images.

"Our first priority, our principle, the one we will use for our competitions and encourage everyone to follow is that health comes first,” said Infantino.

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

"Everyone in the world should have this very clear in their mind.

"It would be more than irresponsible to force competitions to resume if things are not 100 per cent 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 added: “I am convinced football will play a key role to bring people back together when it’s safe to play again and be with our friends and families in large groups.

“Let’s prepare for that moment…FIFA is with you in these difficult times, and together, we will win!”

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