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PremierLeague-News.Com - Wembley will have as many as 21,000 fans in attendance for the final next month and is expected to help trial a vaccine passport scheme
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The Football Association has been urged not to adopt Covid-19 “vaccination passports” when an FA Cup semi-final and the final at Wembley are used as test events for the return of mass spectators.Former Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has told i that only accepting entry from people who have Covid passes proving they have been vaccinated will be discriminatory against ethnic minorities.Wembley is on a list of venues set to trial the passports, likely to require vaccination status or proof of a recent negative Covid test, including the FA Cup semi-final between Leicester City and Southampton, which will host 4,000 supporters from the local area, and the final in mid-May, when 21,000 fans are expected.i's fantasy football tips newsletter: get aheadEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not ruled out the passport system being rolled out in wider society, but it remains under discussion. Read More Sign me up for a vaccine passport – I’m happy to be tracked if it means freedom Figures released by the Office for National Statistics, however, have revealed a gap in ethnic groups having a Covid vaccination.In over 70s, 91 per cent of white people had received at least one jab, but that fell in the following communities: 74 per cent Pakistani, 73 per cent Bangladeshi, 69 percent black Caribbean and 59 per cent black African.“We know black and ethnic minorities are more hesitant to have vaccines,” Ikeme said. “I think it will create a bigger divide. I don’t believe communities who have their own personal choice not to have a vaccine should be discriminated against even further than they have been throughout the years.“It’s going to create more divisiveness in our society than there is already. Having these Covid passes is either going to force people to have a jab they don’t want or is going to force people not to take part in society the way we’re all used to.“And everyone who lives in this country has a fundamental right to live by their own beliefs. The vaccine programme has been a success in a really difficult year and it is starting to protect the most vulnerable, but I think the vaccine passport is a step way too far.“The Government knows it would cause more discrimination and I think the FA knows it would cause more discrimination, that’s why I’m urging them not to take part in it. Football players have been bending the knee all year against discrimination and this will affect ethnic communities even more.
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. He believes the situation will be a “sticky one for the FA” if they start insisting upon vaccinations for fans, because they could then have to insist upon vaccinations for players.“A lot of older people have taken the vaccine and a lot of people will take it, but there’s a proportion of society who won’t and it will be the same with football,” he said.“What is the FA going to do when that happens? Because it will happen, I guarantee it. They’re not going to exclude the players from playing. It’s a situation that could arise later down the line if the FA don’t get to grips with it straight away and realise it is discrimination and it is wrong.”He added: “Some of the players I know wouldn’t get vaccinated. Will they be excluded from football as well? Are their families not allowed to come to a game if they’ve not got a Covid pass?”Ikeme, 34, was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in 2017. He announced he was in “complete remission” a year later but was forced to retire from playing on medical grounds.He says that a person’s medical history is “something really personal and some people really suffer with it”.“It’s a slippery slope when you’re mandating people to prove their medical information to live in a normal, free society,” he added.“I believe it could possibly lead to further intrusions into people’s private lives and that’s where it draws a line for me.”He added: “Football should be the leading example, leading the way in this. I’m all for easing fans in, maybe not having full capacity then bringing the capacity up.“But I believe if football plays a part in this [vaccine passports] it is complicit in trying to push these into society.”More on the Premier League‘I want Burnley to be the UK’s favourite underdog’Young-Myles: The case for Spurs retaining Mourinho is diminishing by the week The making of Everton’s versatile defender whose rise surprised even his own manager Hall: Martial is running out of chances to prove he is part of the future at Man Utd The Czech ‘warriors’ who rose from obscurity to fire West Ham into European contention
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