By Deirdre Tynan • 08 June 2021 • 16:54
The Minister of Sport has defended vaccinating the national football team and the decision to do so was made on June 4. “In my opinion, representing Spain deserves it,” said Minister Uribes.
All the players of the Spanish team have tested negative for Covid-19 after Captain Sergio Busquets tested positive.
The Sports Minister, Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes, said the vaccination of the squad “is an exception” and “justified”.
It’s not a vaccination of mere footballers but “national team players”, Uribes said on June 8.
“It is an exception like we did with the Olympians. They represent us. We do not vaccinate a specific group, we vaccinated the players of the National Team because they represent us. In my opinion, representing Spain deserves it. Tokyo requires guarantees and that is why we have done it with the Olympians,” he said in an interview on Cadena Ser.
Uribes has denied that Sergio Busquets’ positive was the trigger to vaccinate the rest of the players and assures that “the request was made earlier”.
“I sent the letter on June 4 and the positive came later. We did it with the criteria of vaccinating them this week,” he said.
The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) also announced that all 26 Portugal players, as well as the rest of the national team’s coaching staff, have tested negative for Covid-19 after facing Spain on Friday in a friendly at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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