Hammers boss David Moyes contradicted himself over Covid vaccinations at West Ham but action is being taken to ensure the club is protected.
Positive Covid tests have seen the football schedule in the Premier League and beyond obliterated this week.
Just one of today’s games is going ahead at the time of writing.
All West Ham eyes are on whether the big Carabao Cup quarter-final against Spurs will be played on Wednesday night following the postponement of the match against Norwich.
Moyes said last week that the West Ham camp had been unaffected by covid cases but acknowledged how quickly that could change.
The Canaries postponement was due to issues at the Norwich end.
More and more information has been emerging in the media about a lack of Premier League players being vaccinated. And those refusing to get jabbed are now being blamed for the spread in some quarters (The Times).
It is an important issue which needs strong leadership and perhaps a uniform approach.
Moyes has done a miraculous job at West Ham. But unfortunately the Scot completely contradicted himself on the Covid vaccination issue recently.
Moyes spoke out in support of Covid vaccine passports for supporters.
“If I was a football supporter I would want to sit next to someone who is vaccinated,” Moyes said about the introduction of vaccine passports (talkSPORT).
The West Ham boss is neither a scientist or politician. So his words should not be treated with great authority on Covid – it’s not fair on him.
But he went on to completely contradict himself when questioned about players being vaccinated, saying people should have the freedom of choice (FirstSportz).
David Moyes contradicted himself over Covid vaccinations at West Ham but action is being taken
“We talk so much about diversity. If we want diversity, players should have a choice about whether to take the injection or not. We have to respect everyone,” Moyes said on the subject of players being vaccinated (FirstSportz).
In fairness Moyes did go on to clarify his comments. And it is clear West Ham are now doing everything to ensure the club is protected amid uncertain times.
“We’re getting a lot of boosters,” Moyes added.
“We have some players not taken first injection who we think may take it this weekend. We’ve some doctors and nurses coming to help us.
“It’s really important we can try and get as many vaccinated as we can.”
Which is it Moyesy? You can’t have one rule for one and one rule for another. We have seen enough of that in this country of late to last a lifetime.
The solution is surely quite simple. Any player that refuses to be vaccinated and tests positive for Covid is replaced by a youth team player rather than calling off game after game in a never-ending cycle.
Clubs should be braced for a backlash from fans who are being told they cannot take up seats they have paid for without proof of double vaccination while some of the players they are supporting have the freedom of choice.