'Irresponsible to resume football too soon'

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino insists football will only resume once it's 100 percent safe, as the world continues its fight against the coronavirus.

Football and various other sports around the world suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed many lives all over the world.

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UEFA had recently set dates of early August for the Champions League and Europa League finals to be completed, but Infantino does not want to risk any footballer's life.

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

“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.

“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.”

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Infantino also announced an emergency relief fund had been set up for various football associations who have been affected by the lack of football in recent months.

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