FIFA medical chief says football should not restart until September

FIFA medical chief Michel D’Hooghe has insisted football should not return until September 1 at the earliest.

The Premier League are still determined to finish this season but are running out of time amid serious health concerns because of the coronavirus crisis.

D’Hooghe, chairman of FIFA’s Medical Committee, said: “The world is not ready for competitive football, I hope this can change very quickly and I sincerely hope that. Today you need more patience.

"This is the most dramatic situation we have lived in since the Second World War. We should not underestimate it, we must be realistic.

"Football can only be possible if contact is possible again. Football remains a contact sport and avoiding contact is one of the first things everyone says is that you should avoid contact.

"It's still about social distancing. 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?

"It's not a matter of money, it's a matter of life and death. You cannot play in the Premier League when players are obliged to remain two metres from each other.

"You cannot ask Liverpool to play Manchester when all the players will keep a distance of two metres between them.

"Have you ever tried playing football in a mask?! This does not avoid social distancing.

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