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TAKE THE JAB: Ceferin’s plea to players across the world


UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin called on players across the continent who had not yet been vaccinated to do so, but accepted it was a personal choice.

In October, the Premier League revealed 68 per cent of players were fully vaccinated, and is understood to be working on an update to those figures in light of the emergence of the Omicron variant.

Ceferin said: “I believe in science and I got vaccinated. I think that they should get vaccinated as soon as possible. But I still believe for now it’s a personal choice. And we have to be smart, we have to explain things.”

He said UEFA was launching a video with medical experts talking about the benefits of vaccination.

“People are not stupid, people understand when you explain in a nice way, not judging them, but to explain why vaccination is good,” said Ceferin.

“I think that sooner or later, if not all, (then) the vast majority will understand it.”

The Premier League match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur was postponed on Thursday after a number of positive cases in the Leicester squad.

A statement read: “The Premier League board has postponed Leicester’s match against Tottenham tonight due to an increase in positive Covid-19 cases within Leicester’s squad today.

“In light of the new information, Leicester applied this morning for the fixture to be called off due to an ongoing outbreak within the squad, which has resulted in more players and staff testing positive for Covid-19 today.

“This has left the club with an insufficient number of players available to fulfil the game. Following consultation with the Premier League and UK Health Security Agency, the club’s first-team training ground was closed this morning to help contain the outbreak.”


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