President Gianni Infantino of FIFA says EURO 2020 competitions could be cancelled over Coronavirus
FIFA has stressed that international competitions including the upcoming Euro 2020 competitions may be postponed in case coronavirus becomes persistent.
President Gianni Infantino who was speaking in Belfast before Saturday’s AGM of the International Football Association Board said that FIFA is determined to see that fixtures go on as planned however many might be affected in case the virus becomes persistent.
According to Infantino, the health of all persons associated with the game of football comes first before anything else and if it means postponing games or playing them without spectators FIFA is already in support.
“The health of persons is much more important than any football game. That’s why we have to look at the situation and hope that it will decrease rather than increase. At the moment it looks like it is still increasing. If games have to be postponed or played without spectators unTweet
Infantino who remained hopeful that the situation will stabilize raised his concerns about the prospect of a big number of matches having to be played behind closed doors.
“Every competition organiser has to decide what is best for him,” he said.Tweet
“In the short term it can be a solution to move on but you cannot imagine a few months of competition with several matches played behind closed doors,” Infantino said.Tweet
Meanwhile, the threat of catching coronavirus has already caused many fixtures to be postponed including Sierra A’s title decided to encounter game between Inter Milan and Juventus.
In the premier league, the virus persuaded Newcastle to abandon a cherished morning ritual.
Players have become accustomed to shaking hands with every teammate and member of the backroom staff each day as they assemble for training but the practice has been temporarily halted on medical advice.
Relatively in Switzerland, the top two divisions fixtures were postponed for this weekend after the government banned all events involving more than 1,000 people.
The leagues in Japan and South Korea were also postponed earlier this week.
Many fixture delays across sport have happened due to the virus including Ireland’s Six Nations rugby union international that was scheduled for March 7 was postponed and no new date confirmed.
In Asia, the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai, due to take place on April 19, has been postponed because of the virus while athletics’ World Indoor Championships, scheduled to take place in the Chinese city of Nanjing next month, have been held over until 2021.
From the look of things, the outbreak could also threaten the upcoming Euro 2020 competitions in June and the Tokyo Olympics, due for July.
By John Dalton Kigozi