MOT View: Latest comments by FIFA president could mean new EFL plan is pointless
Leeds United were told by the EFL this week that they may be able to return to training on May 16 before football gets back underway in mid-June.
As reported by LeedsLive, the EFL sent a letter out to all Championship clubs detailing a plan to complete the remaining fixtures – and play-offs- within a period of 56 days.
Leeds have nine matches to play of their 2019/20 campaign and before football ground to a halt over a month ago, they were on a five-match winning streak that saw them go top of the table and seven points clear of third.
Even though the season is in limbo at the moment, the Whites have not had a better chance of winning automatic promotion to the Premier League since relegation from the top-flight in 2004.
Everyone at Leeds wants to see the season continue at some point but new comments by FIFA president Gianni Infantino may detail a flaw in the EFL’s latest plan.
We all want to know when football is allowed to resume but no one actually knows when the coronavirus pandemic will clear up to a point where it is safe to happen.
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And Infantino has asserted that when lives could be on the line, there won’t be any football for the foreseeable future.
“Our first priority, our principle, the one we will use for our competitions and encourage everyone to follow is that health comes first,” Infantino said, as quoted by LeedsLive.
“I cannot stress this enough. No match, no competition, no league is worth risking a single human life. Everyone in the world should have this very clear in their mind.
“It would be more than irresponsible to force competitions to resume if things are not 100 percent safe.
“If we have to wait a little longer we must do so. It’s better to wait a little bit longer than to take any risks.”
Infantino is spot on.
We all love football and we all want to know when we will be free to attend matches or watch live games on the television at home or at the pub again.
However the EFL could be giving false hope by saying that they see it being back on in mid-June.
Pretty much everyone in the country is in the same boat at the moment and no one can properly say when the coronavirus crisis will start to disappear.
Infantino’s comments are perhaps the most measured we have seen in a while.
In other Leeds United news, Roy Hodgson has revealed how Leeds have been keeping him entertained in lockdown.