Football should not resume until new season starts in August (Read More)

Fifa’s chief doctor has warned against resuming the interrupted 2019-20 movement and suggested governing bodies prepare for action next season instead.

Michel d’Hooghe said “as a doctor” he would be “sceptical” about continuing leagues amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The chair of Fifa’s medical committee told BBC Sport: “My proposal is if it is possible, avoid playing competitive football in the coming weeks.

“Try to be prepared for the start of good competition next season.”

European leagues have until 25 May to tell European governing body Uefa whether they want to complete or cancel their seasons .

“There is a risk and it is not a risk that has small consequences,” continued D’Hooghe.

“It can have consequences of life and death and that is why I am so careful and I ask everyone to be very careful before deciding to play again.

“I speak as a medical doctor, I don’t have to speak as an organiser of matches, but for the moment from my medical standpoint I would be very sceptical.

Belgian D’Hooghe added it would be extremely difficult to continue social distancing if football matches were to resume and believes some “hygienic rules” would have to be put in place if seasons were to continue.

“How will you avoid direct contact?” he said. “That is my question.

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