Jurgen Klopp criticizes anti-vaxxers: Liverpool boss repeats Mail on Sunday vaccination campaign and compares players who refuse jab to drink-driving
- Jurgen Klopp has criticized players refusing to get Covid-19 vaccine
- Liverpool manager Klopp compared refusing to get the jabs to get drunk
- Gareth Southgate does not know which English players have not been vaccinated
Jurgen Klopp has lashed out at unvaccinated players, claiming that if it’s their ‘freedom’ not to be jabbed, they might as well claim it’s their right to drink and drive.
Klopp, whose mother died of Covid-19 last year, said 99 per cent of his Liverpool squad had been vaccinated but wondered why clubs were not allowed to question their players whether they had had the vaccine.
Pressure is mounting on players to set an example for young people by disclosing their vaccination status after reports that key members of Gareth Southgate’s England squad have not been vaccinated.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has criticized players who haven’t had the Covid-19 vaccine
Misinformation and myths surrounding the vaccination are rife among footballers and even Southgate said he does not know who has been vaccinated in the England squad.
Taking charge of unvaccinated players could derail his World Cup plans, with organizers considering banning footballers who haven’t had the shot.
Klopp’s intervention comes as:
a Post on Sunday a survey found that a quarter of Premier League first-team teams have had Covid during the pandemic.
● Premier League footballers from South America may have had the Chinese jab, denying them a quarantine exemption.
● Southgate told his players that everyone had a responsibility to get the shot to help the country out of the crisis.
● The head of the official supporters’ association said players should be stabbed if a vaccine passport is introduced for supporters.
Klopp says claiming you have the freedom not to get vaccinated is like claiming the freedom to drink if you exceed the alcohol limit
England boss Gareth Southgate says he doesn’t know which of his players have not been vaccinated
Players will head to international matches this week, despite countries being on the UK’s red list, after the government agreed to relax quarantine restrictions, but only for fully vaccinated players. Klopp said Alisson, Fabinho, Sadio Mane and Konstantinos Tsimikas could travel to play matches in red-listed countries.
They will make use of the new quarantine rules for football players that will allow them to train on return. However, it is clear that some players vaccinated in South America may have had the Russian Sputnik and Chinese Sinovac vaccines, which are not recognized for quarantine exemptions in the UK.
Klopp said: “We’ve probably all been in the situation where we had a beer or two and thought we could still drive, but the law says we can’t, so we won’t.
“This law is not there to protect me, but to protect all other people. The vaccination is the same. I don’t understand why that is a restriction on freedom, because if it is, then you are not allowed to drink and drive.’
Reports have recently indicated that key members of the England squad have not been vaccinated
Southgate says he cannot know how many of his team players have been vaccinated.
“Our medical team would know, but not even me,” he said. “What we do know is that even with the vaccination it won’t stop people from getting it. So in terms of our concerns, on a broader welfare issue, it’s helping everyone get through this pandemic and I see no other way than a vaccination program.”
A study into the impact of Covid on the Premier League found that 130 of the 527 first-team players have tested positive for the virus.
Football Supporters’ Association president Malcolm Clarke said: “We all have a role to play in keeping stadiums safe. That goes for everybody. There shouldn’t be different rules for fans and players.’