Qatar is pushing for a rule that would force all players taking part in the 2022 World Cup to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
The tournament’s supporters have been told that they must get the Covid-19 vaccine if they want to travel to Qatar next November.
And now the controversial hosts want the same rule to be applied to those taking part in the action, according to The Athletic.
While there has been much discussion about the practice of footballers getting jubbed in recent months, it has not been mandatory in the Premier League.
To prevent spread of the disease, regular testing was the preferred method.
Some people have refused to receive the jab. Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s manager, and Steve Bruce, Newcastle’s boss were among those who claimed that some of their players did not choose to.
Qatar has vaccinated around 82% of their population, equating to 4.6million vaccines, which is one of the highest rates in the world.
It is a popular tourist destination. The tournament’s potential impact is well known to those in control.
If they are successful, it may lead to some stars not being vaccinated.
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According to the report, talks are ongoing between all stakeholders in order to find a solution that will appease all parties and not impact on the tournament.
The possibility of reporting negative results every three days is an alternative, but the Qataris have also attempted to make compulsory vaccines available for the Arab Cup in November. This event is being held as a test for the World Cup.
Although they failed, fans must still be protected. Their prime minister claimed in June that they were trying to obtain an additional million doses of vaccines to immunise their supporters.
A FIFA spokesman told The Athletic : “In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Qatar, as the host country, will provide the safeguards required to protect the health and safety of all involved in the competition.
“All attendees must follow the travel advice from the Qatari authorities and the latest guidance from the Ministry of Public Health.
“Full information on COVID-19 safety measures will be communicated to all client groups as we approach the competition.”