Gianni Infantino believed that the new calendar, validated in agreement with UEFA, was in everyone's interest. The FIFA president has used the principles of “unity” and “solidarity” to justify his decisions, to adapt to the coronavirus epidemic.

A few hours after the officialization by UEFA of the postponement of the Euro in 2021, due to the epidemic of the coronavirus, the International Federation (FIFA) reacted through its president Gianni Infantino. The latter explained why the world body had accepted the European Confederation's request to postpone the competition for a year, which will also have consequences for the next tournaments organized by FIFA.

“It is imperative to find appropriate and fair solutions globally. "

“The world is facing an unprecedented health challenge and it is clear that a global and collective response is necessary.

Cooperation, mutual respect and understanding must be the guiding principles that all decision makers must have in mind at this crucial time, the Swiss leader said in a statement. Particularly in football, it is imperative to find appropriate and fair solutions globally.

This requires unity, solidarity and a shared sense of responsibility and we must think of all those around the world who are potentially affected by our decisions. "

Club World Cup postponed to a later date

Ajoutant que « la santé et la solidarité sportive sont des considérations primordiales pour le monde du football », Infantino a précisé que l'Euro et la Copa America, également repoussée d'un an pour les mêmes raisons, occuperaient désormais, en 2O21, un créneau précédemment réservé à la Coupe des Confédérations. La nouvelle forme de la Coupe du monde des clubs se tiendra enfin, plus tard « en 2021, en 2022 ou en 2023 ». Les conditions de son organisation seront établies « quand la situation sera plus claire », a conclu le patron du football mondial.


A donation to the WHO to fight against the coronavirus


Gianni Infantino also announced "a direct contribution" from FIFA, up to $ 10 million (approximately € 910,000), for the Solidarity Response Fund created by the World Health Organization (WHO) to fight against Covid-19. A global fund to help football and those affected by this unprecedented health crisis could also be launched by the body.