Michel D’Hooghe, FIFA medical chief, has compared the deadly global pandemic to the Second World War and has told the Premier League and all other leagues to abandon their seasons. He urged that until September football should not resume to action.
While this deals a huge blow to the fans hoping to see their favorite sport return to action, Brighton star Glenn Murray describes the demands as “sensible”.
D’Hooghe warned: “The world is not ready for competitive football. It is not a matter of money — it is a matter of life and death.”
“If there is one moment where absolute priority should be given to health and medicine, it is this.”
“That is why I ask everybody to be very careful before starting competitions again.”
“I will be happy if we can have nothing before the start of next season.”
“If they could start the 2020-21 in September they could eventually avoid a second attack from the virus.”
With the FIFA medical chief’s forewarning, France came out with their offical decision to abandon their season. They are the first of the big five leagues to do so.
French Primer Minister Eduoard Philippe affirmed that there would be no professional sport until September.
D’Hooghe shut all plans of resuming the action behind closed doors.
Talking to Sky Sports, he said: “It is a terrible responsibility at the moment — the most dramatic situation we have lived in since the Second World War.”
“You cannot play in the Premier League when players have to remain two metres apart.”
“Have you ever tried playing football in a mask? This does not avoid social distancing.”
“Players are together on the field, in the dressing room.”
“Of course, you could say, ‘Let’s play behind closed doors’.”
“But even then, you will see groups of fans coming secretly together in rooms just to support their team anyway.”
“Testing is an important point but you have to repeat them.”
“If one of the players becomes positive, you have to put the whole group into quarantine.”
“Is that a solution for a normal competition?”
“Football has to be patient. It has to listen to the authorities and respect the basic health rules.”