FIFA’S medical chief wants no more Premier League action until next season – with all football resuming in September. Michel D’Hooghe compared the deadly coronavirus pandemic to World War Two, adding: “The world is not ready for competitive football. It is not a matter of money — it is a matter of life and death.”
The Belgian’s demands were described as “sensible” by Brighton striker Glenn Murray. And they are a huge blow for hopes of a summer restart as the Prem has been eyeing a June 8 restart.
D’Hooghe warned: “If there is one moment where absolute priority should be given to health and medicine, it is this.
“That is why I ask everybody to be very careful before starting competitions again. “I will be happy if we can have nothing before the start of next season. “If they could start the 2020-21 in September they could eventually avoid a second attack from the virus.”
His stark warning came as France became the first of Europe’s big five leagues to officially end their season. And D’Hooghe, head of FIFA’s medical committee and a former member of the game’s ruling executive committee, slammed any plans for behind-closed-doors matches.