Republic of Ireland international Callum Robinson revealed that he chose not to be vaccinated despite falling ill twice. The West Brom striker first tested positive in November and then once again in August. He was forced to sit out crucial qualifiers against Portugal, Azerbaijan, and Serbia. Although the striker is back to face Hungary, Robinson has spoken about his reasons. Jurgen Klopp was exasperated that Premier League players have not been vaccinated yet.

“I haven’t been vaccinated, no. That’s my choice at this moment in time.” Republic of Ireland striker Callum Robinson said. “It’s obviously annoying that I’ve caught it twice but I haven’t been vaccinated. Further down the line I could change my mind and want to do it, but at this moment in time I haven’t been vaccinated, no.”

“I just haven’t, I just haven’t done it. I think it’s your personal choice and my choice at this moment in time, I haven’t been vaccinated,” he added. “I know, as you said, there are managers and people that will want you to do it, which is right in their way, the way they think, but everyone has their choice on what they want to do. I wouldn’t force people to do it, it’s your choice and your body.”

“Well, I think it would be quite a radical viewpoint to just say, ‘Right, whoever is not vaccinated is not being selected in the future.” Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny said. “I’m not aware of anybody who has done this in any sport at the moment, so for me to just come and decide that would be extremely radical. I was very happy to be [vaccinated] myself and encouraged staff and players. Of course, it seems like the most sensible thing to do, and the safest with regard to our environment.”

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