FIFA president Gianni Infantino says soccer will
survive the current pandemic but he says the game will be different -- and hopefully better.
“Football will come back," ” he told the Italian news agency ANSA in an interview, "and when it does, we’ll celebrate coming out of a nightmare together, There is one lesson, however, that both you and me must have understood: the football that will come after the virus will be totally different...(more) inclusive, more social and more supportive, connected to the individual countries and at the same time more global, less arrogant and more welcoming. We will be better, more human and more attentive to true values.”
Infantino has said it's time for international soccer to look how it can light the fixture load on players and balance competition.
“On the international match calendar we have to look for global solutions to tackle these global problems in a spirit of cooperation and solidarity,” Infantino said in a video link from Zurich to the annual Conmebol Congress last week. Everyone has different interests, but we must talk and put on the table topics that we perhaps didn’t discuss in the past."
Infantino was born and raised in Switzerland to Italian immigrants and feels for what is happening in their home country.
“My Italian heart is torn by the images of terrible suffering that describe the mourning affecting the families of our country,” he told ANSA. “Today, we must think of bringing relief to those who suffer, we must follow the rules."