October 18, 2021

The Premier League is on the move to persuade the stars to get vaccinated.

Premier League matches are once again being played in crowded stadiums after the successful coronavirus vaccine was dropped in the UK – but the reluctance of many players is proving to be a headache for football officials.

The UK has one of the highest overall deaths from the virus in the world, at more than 137,000, but more than 82% of people over the age of 16, according to the latest government figures. Has received two doses of the vaccine.

Rapid rollouts have enabled easing of restrictions on large gatherings, with supporters returning to the football field.

However, although no official figures have been released by the Premier League, reports indicate that only seven of England’s top 20 flight clubs have more than 50 per cent of their squads fully vaccinated. ۔

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Premier League matches are once again taking place in crowded stadiums Photo: AFP / Glenn Kirk

“It’s low, not only in the Premier League but also in the Football League. It’s very low,” said former Manchester United captain Gary Newell, whose League Two club owns part in Salford City.

“We have to accept and understand why this is, but I think now is the time for the players or the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) to come out and explain what the players are worried about and why they are not taking it. Have been vaccinated. “

Concessions have been discussed by clubs as an option to promote more players to the job, including possible relaxation of the strict Corona virus protocol.

The government has given a quarantine waiver to allow players to represent their nations in the countries on the UK’s travel list, allowing them to return to training and sports with their clubs – but only In case they have been fully vaccinated.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp talks about corona virus vaccine Photo: AFP / Lindsay Parnabi

The main reasons for the reluctance are that athletes are young, healthy people are less likely to be affected by the worst effects of Covid 19, and anti-vaccination propaganda on social media.

Newcastle goalkeeper Carl Darlow encouraged his teammates that he was hospitalized with the virus in July.

“It felt worse than a razor blade. It was as if someone had strangled me,” the 30-year-old told the Times.

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Football commentator and former Manchester United defender Gary Newell Photo: AFP / Glenn Kirk

Newcastle duo Jamal Lascalles and Alan St. Maxman were also sidelined for weeks from the long-term effects of the cove last season.

However, Magpies manager Steve Bruce confirmed that it was not enough to convince all his players.

“We have a lot of players who don’t have jobs. That’s their choice,” Bruce said in August.

“Two or three of our players here were really sick with Coved and Carl Darlow spent the best part of a week in the hospital with him, so we’ve seen the severity of it before. But there are a lot of conspiracy theories out there. “

British Health Secretary Sajid Javed has expressed his “frustration” and concern over the possible effects of the vaccine’s hesitation on Premier League stars on children and young people.

And Jonathan Van Tom, England’s deputy chief medical officer, has called on the Premier League captains to reassure him of any health concerns.

Football authorities have so far allowed personal choice, without restrictions.

In the United States, by contrast, NBA stars face staggered pay and lost matches if they are not vaccinated in states where indoor events require full vaccination.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp came out strongly last week in favor of the vaccine, comparing the lack of a vaccine to a drunk driving.

The German boss, who said his squad had been vaccinated “99 percent”, said: “I don’t understand how this freedom is limited.”

Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock called his own players who refuse to work “irresponsible”.

However, Newell believes that education and encouragement is a better solution than a hard line.

“I do not agree with forced vaccinations and the idea of ​​charging players who do not get vaccinated is a far cry,” he said.

“We can encourage athletes to be vaccinated but in my opinion we cannot force them.”

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