“These are the most strenuous activities in football and increase the likelihood of success and failure. They are currently totally stripped back, and even in small groups they would be problematic. Getting over social distancing, that is the big thing.
“In light of this and the unique challenge faced globally in delivering competitions according to the originally foreseen calendar, Fifa proposes a larger number of substitutions be temporarily allowed at the discretion of the relevant competition organiser.” This could be applied until the end of the 2020-21 season and to international games until 31 December 2021.
Elsewhere, Uefa announced that it would be releasing €236.5m (£206.3m) to its member associations. The money cis usually ringfenced for “investment, education and knowledge sharing” but those restrictions have been lifted.