- England stars without vaccination to be able to play in next year’s World Cup
- This comes after reports that at least five Three Lions stars have refused to go to Kovid
- Players may instead be able to show proof of a Covid recovery or test negative
Unvaccinated England stars appear to be able to play in next year’s World Cup in Qatar, after at least five Three Lions players reported refusing to respond to COVID-19.
FIFA is in talks with Qatari officials about eliminating mandatory vaccination requirements for showpiece tournaments in 2022.
Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani announced in June that any fans wishing to enter next year’s tournament will need to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
FIFA and Qatari officials are discussing the possibility that fans, players and officials will be able to provide proof of recovery from COVID-19 or test negative, a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing discussions.
Qatar World Cup organizers and the Qatari government did not respond to a request for comment.
The girlfriend of England star John Stones reposted an anti-vaxx message on Instagram earlier this week.
England players pose for a team photo ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group A match between England and Montenegro at Wembley. There is no suggestion that they are refusing the vaccine as shown in the picture
Posts by Olivia Naylor (pictured) fearing 45,000 Instagram followers will refuse to vaccinate others
His girlfriend appreciated a recent post (pictured) highlighting comments from basketball star Jonathan Isaacs, who claimed he would be protected from the virus by natural immunity
Beauty Clinic owner Olivia Naylor uploaded a recent post highlighting comments from NBA basketball star Jonathan Isaacs, who claimed he would be protected from the virus by natural immunity.
It is feared by the teammate of the England star – who has 45,000 Instagram followers – will prevent others from getting vaccinated.
Over the weekend it was reported that football players have given several ‘nonsense’ reasons for not having the jab.
One said he was too ‘young and fit’, the other believed it to be a tool for the government to spy on the people, and others were said to have been used by his anti-vaxer wags. There was pressure to keep.
This came to the fore after five Three Lions players refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19 – including the three who helped the team reach the final of Euro 2020. It is currently not known whether Manchester City defender Stones is one of them.
England boss Gareth Southgate explained how managers are not allowed to know which players have been put on hold due to medical secrecy
The first sign of Qatar’s easing of vaccine requirements may come when FIFA issues tournament rules for the Arab Cup. Photo of Qatar’s Lusail Stadium
High profile players who tested positive
Mikel Arteta (arsenal manager)
Arsenal confirmed their boss had become the first manager to catch the virus last March, prompting the Premier League to suspend the season.
Jamal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United)
Lascelles and Saint-Maximin were suffering from prolonged covids, keeping both players out of action for more than a month.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)
The midfielder tested positive shortly after the Blues returned from Belfast after the Super Cup against Villarreal.
Ryan Bertrand (Leicester City)
The left back revealed that he was still struggling in training a month after contracting the virus.
Karl Darlow (Newcastle United)
The goalkeeper spent three days on a hospital drip and was ‘severely concerned’ after getting the virus before his first vaccine. Darlow is now urging footballers to jab.
sergio aguero (Manchester City)
The Argentine striker, who is now at Barcelona, was sidelined for several weeks last season to deal with the effects of Covid.
Granite Xhaka (Arsenal)
Controversy erupted after the Swiss midfielder surfaced that he had declined the vaccine before contracting Covid.
sportsmail It was revealed last week that there is widespread opposition to vaccines among Premier League footballers, with nearly two-thirds of top-flight players yet to be fully weaned, and many in complete denial.
Meanwhile, club officials are complaining that the dressing room has been ‘polluted’ by senior players spreading conspiracy theories about Bill Gates, infertility and the potency of vitamins.
England manager Gareth Southgate, who responded to a call from NHS England urging youngsters to jab earlier in the summer, explained how managers are not allowed to know which players are due to medical secrecy. The job has been done.
“Our medical team will know, but I don’t know either – they won’t tell me who is and who isn’t,” he said.
Southgate gained steam of online abuse after she appeared in an ad to intensify the inoculation campaign.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp are among high profile figures who have spoken of the importance of vaccination in recent days.
The first sign of Qatar’s easing of vaccine requirements could come when FIFA issues tournament rules for the Arab Cup in the coming weeks. The 16-team tournament, which runs from 30 November to 18 December, is being used as a test schedule for the World Cup venues.
“Qatar, as the host country, will provide the necessary safeguards to protect the health and safety of all those involved in the competition,” FIFA said in a statement.
‘All attendees should follow travel advice from the Qatari authorities and the latest guidance from the Ministry of Public Health. As we get closer to the competition, all customer groups will be fully informed about the COVID-19 safety measures.
FIFA on Sunday offered football players a direct incentive to get vaccinated for the first time.
FIFA said, ‘We encourage COVID-19 vaccination, and support the World Health Organization’s position: that safe, fair and equitable access is important for all countries. Players should not get priority access to vaccines.
It comes after the British government agreed last week to ease strict quarantine requirements so that fully vaccinated players can train and facilitate matches upon their return to England from red-listed countries, which include all of South America. Huh.
Players who do not want to be vaccinated will still be sent to spend 10 days in government hotel quarantine while flying to England.
FIFA said, ‘We recognize that this decision does not help every player, and we are committed to further improving the situation for the upcoming window and joining the discussion so that we can reduce the risk of transmission of Kovid. Can tell about several measures for In the community as a result of the player journey.’
Several Premier League clubs last month barred players from traveling to red-list countries during the international window. As a result players who missed games for their clubs.
“We believe this is a more desirable solution to the situation the players faced in September,” FIFA said.
The government on Sunday also spoke against the players not getting vaccinated. According to the most recent figures, only seven out of 20 Premier League clubs have more than half their squads fully vaccinated.
Health Secretary Mr Javid told Times Radio: ‘I would just appeal to these people, footballers, whoever they are… that the vaccines are working.
‘Help protect yourself and protect those around you. They have made a conscious choice (not to be vaccinated). It’s disappointing, of course it is.
‘They are role models in the society. People, especially young people, I think they will look up to them and they should recognize it and the difference it can make in terms of encouraging others.’
The most vocal plea for vaccinations for players has come this weekend from Liverpool boss Klopp.
He added: ‘I don’t take vaccinations just to protect myself. I take vaccination to protect everyone around me.
Klopp said 99 per cent of the Liverpool squad were occupied as he compared the situation to ‘drink-driving’.
He added: ‘We were all probably in a situation where we had a beer or two and thought ‘I can drive’. But this law is not to protect me, it is to protect all other people because I am (drunk) and want to drive a car. And we accept it as a law.
We all know that alcohol is harmful to our body but still we drink it. By vaccination we assume that it is not good for our body. Most experts tell us that vaccination is the only solution for this situation at the moment.
A warning from the government last month that mandatory certification could be introduced at a week’s notice raised the alarm as the Premier League’s vaccination crisis shows no sign of an end.
The top flight remains concerned as the limited nature of many clubs’ vaccination programs increases the likelihood of the Covid outbreak causing damage, but they have been reassured after receiving more details of the government’s winter plan.