International star players who refuse Covid-19 vaccine ‘see next year’s World Cup MISSING as Qatar pushes for mandatory jabs’
- Qatar wants mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for players at 2022 World Cup
- It has raised concerns that the tournament could be robbed of its star players
- There are some professional players who still refuse to be stabbed
- Uninoculated players testing every three days is an alternative being discussed
Qatar is reportedly pushing for mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for all players competing in the 2022 World Cup.
The Golf Nation has already revealed that anyone who attends the tournament in November will be subject to a double jab and has taken the same position with players according to The athletic.
However, professional players’ views on taking the vaccine are known to be divided and there are some concerns that Qatar’s stance could rob the tournament of its star players – something all sides want to avoid.
Qatar urges players participating in World Cup to have mandatory Covid-19 shots
Qatar, which has so far administered more than 4.6 million vaccines, about 82 percent of their population, is in talks with FIFA and the medical authorities to find an amicable solution.
The Athletic claim a number of options are being considered, including unvaccinated players who must report negative tests every three days.
Qatar’s stance on the vaccine could be a factor in some international stars’ decisions about whether or not to get shots.
A number of Premier League clubs are known to still have players resisting the Covid-19 vaccine, including Arsenal and Swiss star Granit Xhaka.
The Gulf Nation has already said fans must be pinned to attend matches at the tournament (pictured is a health worker vaccinating a man against Covid-19 in Qatar’s city of al-Wakrah)
Deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam has urged players to use the vaccine, telling them to ignore the myths surrounding it.
Sportsmail revealed over the weekend that he told players he won’t mince words in a video designed to provide footballers with the “scientific facts they need” to persuade them to get vaccinated.
Meanwhile, Qatar has also had to negotiate difficult talks over the logistics surrounding Covid ahead of the Arab Cup, which starts on November 30 and will be used as a test event for next year’s World Cup.
That tournament requires fans to be fully vaccinated to participate, but players are not required to follow suit.
The Premier League could find itself in an equally awkward position by insisting that fans be vaccinated but allow unvaccinated players and staff into stadiums if vaccine passports are introduced for major sporting events later in the winter.
Swiss star Granit Xhaka was the first confirmed player not to have been vaccinated