FIFA President Gianni Infantino has refused to rule out the possibility of postponing international matches if the coronavirus epidemic continues to spread.
Speaking in Belfast ahead of Saturday’s annual general meeting of the International Football Association’s Council, Infantino pledged that the governing body of world football would do whatever was necessary.
“I don’t think it is long-term sustainability to play behind closed doors,” said Infantino before a meeting in Northern Ireland.
“Each competition organizer must ultimately decide what is best for him. Obviously, in the short term, this can be a solution. But you cannot imagine a few months of ongoing competition, several ongoing matches, behind closed doors, “he added.
Infantino went on to say that he “would not exclude anything” when asked about possible solutions for the upcoming international meetings in March.
The Swiss hope that next month’s international friendlies and Euro 2020 qualifiers will continue. “I think it will be difficult in any case to make a global ban because the situation is really different,” he said.
The global soccer players’ union FIFPro has revealed the fear of playing in “high-risk environments” because of the virus.
The organization is concerned about the safety of players from the spread of an illness that continues to impact the world of sport.