GFF suspends football matches for March-April

first_imgWith the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) looming on local shores, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF, the nation’s governing body of association football, has suspended all matches and tournaments during the March-April period. This was disclosed by the federation via a release.“In light of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has issued a circular to its Regional Member Associations advising the postponement of matches for the March – April period and informing them of the scale down of operations at the Secretariat and key facts about the virus,” the release stated.“This follows the guidance of football’s World and Regional Governing bodies, FIFA and CONCACAF, in an effort to protect the health and wellbeing of staff and stakeholders,” it added. The correspondence, dated March 13, continued:”The GFF is guided by the decisions taken by FIFA and CONCACAF, to postpone matches as a preventative measure against the spread of the disease, which is likely to occur due to physical contact. We therefore recommend that all matches previously scheduled to take place in March and April, be postponed until such time that the public health authorities provide the appropriate guidelines’.“The GFF is confident that these measures will buttress the efforts of the public health authorities to combat the spread of the disease. We will continue to monitor the posture and advice by the relevant public health authorities, as well as the directives of FIFA and CONCACAF. We consider this measure and recommendation to be the most appropriate and responsible step to take under the current circumstances. We further wish to advise that the GFF Secretariat will only be opened on a need to basis and thus will only have essential staff on duty on any given day. We therefore encourage the use of electronic communication, to access the services of the Secretariat.”last_img

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