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‘Football comes second’ – FIFA President acknowledges coronavirus crisis

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Gianni Infantino insists public health should be the number one priority right now in the fight against coronavirus.

More than 400,000 cases have been recorded and around 18,000 lives have already been lost around the world due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19.

The governments have announced lockdown worldwide in order to contain the spread of the virus which has forced all professional football to come to a halt for the past few weeks.

Recently, after the EURO, Copa America, and Club World Cup, the 2020 Olympics became the latest major sporting event to be postponed until the next year.

Speaking at the World Health Organization headquarters, FIFA President Gianni Infantino recently acknowledged the current scenario. Infantino addressed coronavirus as the common enemy while calling in football to show unity in the fight against it. He also asserted that football comes second to health.

“These are difficult days, it is a difficult time, and we have one big opponent. It is coronavirus, it is COVID-19,” he said, according to FIFA’s official website.

“In these times, football has to show solidarity and it has to show unity. We have to show that we are working together, that we are a team.”

“Football comes second. First, we have to win this match against coronavirus and then we will deal with football matters.”