Qatar wants all World Cup players in 2022 to receive the Covid-19 vaccine as a condition of their participation. According to The Athletic, the Gulf nation has already stated that everybody attending the November competition must be double-jabbed.
As a result, there are some concerns that Qatar’s attitude could deprive the tournament of its best players, which is something that all participants want to avoid.
Qatar is in talks with FIFA and healthcare authorities to find a peaceful settlement after administering vaccines to over 4.6 million people, or almost 82% of the population.
Uninoculated players could be required to submit negative test results every three days, according to The Athletic.
Some international stars may decide not to get vaccinations because of Qatar’s stance on the vaccine. Granit Xhaka, who plays for Arsenal and Switzerland, is one of a few Premier League players who have resisted the Covid-19 vaccine.
To his credit, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer conceded earlier this month that not all footballers have been double-jabbed, adding that you cannot force anyone to take the vaccination.
Long Covid has been a problem for Manchester United goalie Dean Henderson this season.
Even though goalkeeper Karl Darlow is currently in the hospital, Steve Bruce, Newcastle’s manager, has admitted that “a lot” of his men have not been vaccinated and blamed “conspiracy theories” for their unwillingness to do so.
Attendees Required to Get Vaccinated Before FIFA 2022 World Cup
According to Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, the vaccine is safe and effective, and players should disregard any misconceptions about it.
This weekend Sportsmail published a video in which Van-Tam informed players he was not ‘going to mince words’ in an attempt to urge them to get vaccinated.
Covid’s logistics have also necessitated rigorous discussions in advance of the November 30 Arab Cup, which will serve as a test event for the World Cup in Brazil.
Those attending the competition must be properly vaccinated, but the players would not be required to do the same. This might lead to a problem for the Premier League if vaccine passports are adopted for important sporting events in the winter.