Jose Mourinho ‘is trying to convince an unnamed anti-vax key player at Roma to get jabbed’, as he faces losing him entirely with footballers in Italy legally required to have a Covid vaccination from January 10
- Anyone wanting to play outdoor sports needs to be vaccinated from January 10
- It means every footballer in Italy needs the ‘green pass’ to permit them to play
- Jose Mourinho at Roma is trying to convince an anti-vax player to get the jab
- Reports in Italy say the player is ‘fundamental’ to Mourinho but would be barred
Jose Mourinho ‘is trying to convince an anti-vax player within his squad to get a Covid jab’ before new rules in Italy that could prevent him from playing.
From January 10, vaccination will be compulsory for anyone wanting to play outdoor team sports in Italy.
Therefore, every footballer in the country – from Serie A down to amateur divisions – will need a ‘green pass’ in order to play. The ‘green pass’ is given out 15 days after a person has been vaccinated for the first time.
An unnamed Roma player has yet to be vaccinated against Covid-19 with manager Jose Mourinho attempting to convince them to get jabbed before a law change in Italy
The player would be barred from playing for Jose Mourinho’s side from January 10 if they don’t get a vaccination against the virus
According to Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, Mourinho and general manager Tiago Pinto are working to persuade the non-vaccinated player, who is reportedly ‘fundamental’ to his team but hasn’t been named, to get jabbed before the deadline.
The player is reportedly considering getting the jab in the knowledge they will not be able to play in Italy if they don’t.
The player is in a minority in Italy’s top-flight, where is was revealed earlier last month that 98 per cent of players are double-jabbed.
Eldor Shomurodov scored Roma’s goal as they drew with Sampdoria last time they played
Serie A hasn’t yet been affected by the Omicron variant of the virus though the league has been paused for the usual winter break since December 22.
Roma, who sit sixth in the table at the season’s mid-point, return to action with a trip to AC Milan on Thursday before they host Juventus on Sunday.
One regular starter for Mourinho is ruled out because of a positive Covid case while Borja Mayoral has been forced into isolation because his girlfriend has the virus.
Italy’s move came just days after France president Emmanuel Macron announced that full, double-vaccinations will be mandatory for professional sports people in the country from January 15.