‘I don’t need to have a conversation, the lads support him’: Ireland star Nathan Collins says team-mates WON’T question Callum Robinson over refusing the Covid jab – and insists the squad ‘aren’t thinking deeply’ about vaccination issues
- Callum Robinson is the first football star to reveal he is not vaccinated for Covid
- The 26-year-old Ireland player has refused to discuss his reasoning behind it
- Team-mate Nathan Collins faced the media and stood up for Robinson
- He said: ‘Any of my team-mates or people I know if they don’t want to get it or if they do get it I’ll support them’
Irish footballer Nathan Collins has offered his support to team-mate Callum Robinson after he became the first player to reveal he has not been vaccinated against Covid-19.
There remains a huge amount of skepticism among professional footballers about the jab and the sport has been faced with widespread criticism for not doing it’s bit.
Robinson put his head above the parapet and the £27,000-a-week West Brom striker admitted: ‘I haven’t been vaccinated, no. That’s my choice at this moment in time.
Burnley’s Nathan Collins insists he fully supports his Republic of Ireland team-mates no matter what they decide about the Covid-19 vaccine after Callum Robinson admitted to avoiding it
‘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.’
Asked why, Robinson (who played in the Premier League last season) added: ‘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.’
When grilled about his Ireland team-mate’s decision, Burnley defender Collins said: ‘I don’t feel like there is a need to have a conversation because I support him at anything he does.
‘The lads support him at anything he does so we haven’t really thought into it that deeply.’
Ireland international Robinson refused to say why he has not taken the vaccine
Collins is a Premier League player and the top flight currently has around two-thirds of the players unvaccinated.
When asked whether there is a divide over the issue in dressing rooms, Collins added: ‘Basically, yeah. People have their reasons, their own personal opinion of it, or personal reasons to get it or not to get it.
‘Either way, any of my team-mates or people I know if they don’t want to get it or if they do get it I’ll support them.’
Robinson previously declined to discuss his reasons and continues to be tested regularly along with his team-mates.
Collins accepts that there is a divide in dressing rooms about whether to have the jab
He is not the only member of the Ireland squad not to have been vaccinated, with manager Stephen Kenny, who has seen his reign to date repeatedly disrupted by coronavirus, confirming several players are in the same situation.
There is a huge amount of misinformation being spread around Premier League dressing rooms about the perceived threat of the vaccine.
Club officials are complaining that squads have been ‘polluted’ by senior players spreading conspiracy theories involving Bill Gates, infertility and the power of vitamins.
Only seven of the 20 Premier League clubs have fully vaccinated more than 50 per cent of their squads.
While Leeds, Wolves, Southampton and Brentford have vaccinated more than 90 per cent of their staff, at least three clubs have yet to get even 10 individuals jabbed.
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, who lost his mother to Covid, previously admitted to not understanding why players are resistant to the vaccination.
He said: ‘We’ve all probably been in the situation where we had a beer or two and thought we still could drive but the law says we’re not allowed to, so we don’t.
‘This law is not for protecting me, it’s for protecting all the other people. The vaccination is the same.’