Amid the worries and panics over the threat of coronavirus actually playing havoc with the sporting calendar, FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, calls for composure.
FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, has asked football organizations and associations to remain calm in the face of coronavirus spread and do not panic when it comes to taking measures against the virus.
Unfortunately the spread of coronavirus has played havoc with the sporting calendar, with several sporting events postponed including fixtures in Serie A having been called off over the past two weekends.
Football Association in Switzerland has called off league matches until March 23, and the Swiss government has banned any event with more than 1000 people in attendance.
Even some Premier League clubs have banned handshakes at training grounds, fearing that this might help the spread of the virus and affect the games in one way or another.
Infantino, who last week admitted international matches scheduled to take place this month could be postponed as the outbreak continues to escalate, called for a considered approach to tackle the problem.
"Some of you have had to take important decisions in this respect. Every competition organiser has to study it of course and has to take decisions," he said at the UEFA Congress in Amsterdam.
"It is important to consider all the information from the authorities, but it's also important not to panic.
"Those who have to take decisions, like happened in Switzerland, will take decisions and then be able to move forward.
"Someone said to me football can be an antidote to coronavirus. I wouldn't go that far, but sometimes football is an antidote to many other illnesses like discrimination and racism, and this is a fight we need to fight all together."