Gianni Infantino: “We cannot force a footballer to play if there are risks”


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Gianni Infantino: "We cannot force a footballer to play if there are risks"

The FIFA president said they understand risk situations and hope that vaccines will change the situation

FIFA President Gianni Infantino commented that they cannot force any player to attend with their national team in March and recognized that it was very difficult to postpone the duels of the Conmebol qualifying.

“It is necessary to play those games and we are going to sit down with the teams, each one understands the situation. Nowadays we cannot force a footballer to go to play a game if there are risks, we understand that there are also government situations, it is very delicate and difficult, let’s hope that with vaccines the situation improves and we will not have to postpone more matches, “said Gianni Infantino, FIFA president.

The boss of the highest soccer organization in the world added that he expects “full stadiums” in the Qatar World Cup 2022 and they analyze what will happen to the Club World Cup that would be organized in China, whose format may be like the previous one, due to the problems caused by the coronavirus.

“A World Cup with full stadiums, I’m sure of that. I’m sure because we have witnessed how a Club World Cup was organized in Qatar with 30 percent of the stadium capacity, with secure protocols.”

“We have been debating with the authorities about how it should be done, the vaccination just started a few weeks ago, the vaccine is going to help and hopefully we can get rid of the coronavirus; If two years from now, if at that time we are still talking about confinement, about closed-door matches, the World Cup would be the last of our problems as a human race”, He concluded.


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