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.”