Premier League clubs are exploring the possibility of docking unvaccinated players’ wages if they miss training and games because they are isolating.
Positive coronavirus cases reached their highest levels in England’s top flight since May 2020 last week, leading to a spate of postponements.
Manchester United were forced to close their Carrington training ground following an outbreak, with their trip to Brentford being called-off as a result. Last week, Brighton vs Tottenham, as well as Spurs’ Europa Conference League meeting with Rennes, were postponed as well.
According to the Daily Mail, with fixtures and training expected to continue to be affected over the coming weeks, Premier League clubs are considering penalising players who refuse to get vaccinations.
The clubs are taking their lead from Germany, who have already adopted similar measures. Last month Bayern Munich refused to pay five of their unjabbed players for every game and training session they missed while in isolation.
The methods appear to be effective with Joshua Kimmich – who complained of lung problems since contracting Covid-19 – set to be get the vaccine soon.
Several clubs in the top flight and many further down the pyramid are exploring whether they could legally dock unvaccinated players wages. Any attempt to do so would no doubt be opposed by the well-resourced PFA.
The exact vaccination rate in Premier League dressing rooms is not known, but it was widely reported in the autumn that it lagged well behind the rest of the population.
On this, attitudes are said to be changing. There is growing pressure on the unvaccinated to get jabbed as their teammates believe they are putting their health at risk.
Managers are also losing patience. Due to new coronavirus guidelines, unvaccinated players have to sit out of group sessions even if they test negative in some cases. The report states this has left one unnamed Championship club with just seven players in full training.
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