By Matthew Roscoe • 21 January 2022 • 10:39
CHELSEA will be FORCED to leave their unvaccinated players at home for the club’s Champions League clash against Lille in March as the French government continues their assault on those who have refused to take the Covid jab.
President Macron has made no secret about his disdain for the people who have not been jabbed, even banning unvaccinated people from public places, and has announced measures that BAN any athlete from entering a sports arena when coming to compete in the country if they are unvaccinated against the virus.
And Uefa have supposedly backed the country’s plan. In a statement, European football’s governing body said: “Uefa is liaising with the relevant stakeholders across Europe ahead of the resumption of club competitions in February.
“The specific conditions under which matches are played in each country are subject to the decisions of the competent authorities in that country.
“Each team will in principle be required to comply with the applicable rules in the country where the match takes place.
“The specific competition Annexes – still under elaboration – which contain special rules due to Covid-19 applicable to the knock-out phase, may provide further guidance in this regard.”
It is unknown the extent of a blow this is to the Stamford Bridge side, however, the Sun is reporting that at least three members of Thomas Tuchel’s senior first-team squad are unvaccinated and therefore would not be able to travel to France for the match.
Last month, the Chelsea boss insisted that people should have free choice and will not force his players to take the vaccine.
“You know that it’s causing an issue,” Tuchel said.
“But it’s not that we have all unvaccinated infected. We have vaccinated players who are positive. I don’t want to get involved in pointing fingers and starting the hunt for non‑vaccinated people. This is a choice to make.
“We cannot force people to get vaccinated. I will not change my opinion on that. And I am not the guy to comment on that. There are experts in this country, all over Europe. Ask them and ask me please about football.”
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