ASUNCION, April 3: FIFA boss Gianni Infantino admitted that �nobody knows� when football can resume around the world, and that when it returned it was �going to be different�.
He said that because of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, for once football �is not the most important thing�.
�We all wish that we could have football tomorrow but unfortunately it�s not possible and nobody in the world today knows when we will be able to play like before,� Infantino told South American football chiefs via video link on Thursday.
�Our world and our sport is going to be different when we return to normality. We have to make sure that football survives and that it can prosper once again.�
Like most other sports, football across the world has been largely halted by the pandemic, which to date has infected nearly a million people and killed more than 47,000.
In his message, Infantino said that �these are times of respect for those who suffer and for those who are helping�.
�For the first time, football is not the most important thing! Health comes first and must continue until this disease is defeated.�
Infantino was speaking by video link to a CONMEBOL congress in Paraguay. � AFP