Gianni Infantino suggests a Marshall Plan in world football

first_imgThe President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, sent a video message addressed to the 211 federations grouped by the body that he chairs and in which he indicates his priorities in the face of the coronavirus crisis: “That health comes first, that FIFA is ready to proactively help football in these exceptional circumstances and that a consultation process is underway to consider the future evolution of the sport. ““Not a single human life is worth endangering by any party, no competition and no league. All the people of the world should have this very clear in their heads. It would be more than irresponsible to compel competitions to resume if the situation is not 100% certain. If we have to wait a little longer, we must. It is better to wait a little longer than to take risks. ““[As for] the emergency relief fund … Thanks to the work we have been doing together at FIFA for the past four years, we are currently in a very solid financial situation,” continued the FIFA President. “FIFA has a good reputation in the financial markets … This has helped us build a solid base with significant reserves. But our reserves are not FIFA’s money. This money is football money. So when football is in need, we need to think about what we can do to help … It is our responsibility and our duty. ” Infantino pointed out that a consultation process is already underway to assess how this situation will affect all football economically: “You have to know that we will be there and that we will find the solutions together ”he pointed out. “At no time will you be alone … [And] the world will know where the money goes and, equally important, why the money goes there.”FIFA, announced its president, will pay in advance the second part of the operating expenses of the member associations of the FIFA Forward Program, scheduled for this year. Infantino added that it is necessary to find the right balance to protect both the national teams and club football in relation to the international match calendar, that flexibility and common sense should prevail regarding player contracts and periods of transfers from a legal perspective, and that the necessary analyzes will be done to help member federations through the emergency relief fund.last_img