“What I think is, it’s important to look at what’s happening over in England, only seven of the Premier League clubs have fully vaccinated more than 50 percent of their squad,”
“Callum Robinson is in the majority. Manchester United have not got the majority of their squad vaccinated against the virus and Jurgen Klopp who is the manager of Liverpool is very angry.
“He says he can’t understand it, he thinks everybody should be vaccinated and that it should be more or less compulsory, but he realises he can’t make it compulsory. If there’s eight players in the 26-man Irish squad who are unvaccinated, then Stephen Kenny is doing better than the average in the Premier League.”
“It’s a real problem in sport in general, among young people and the other problem an international team manager has is he’s only borrowing these players for this week. Jurgen Klopp may try to lay down the law but there’s no way Stephen Kenny or Gareth Southgate can,”
“I think it’s wrong, I think vaccination should be almost compulsory. And certainly when you have frontline workers [at the game]. These young men are impressionable, they read the stories online and I know that Stephen Kenny said yesterday at his press conference that virility is an issue for some of them – they feel they might lose it if they get the vaccination.
“All of that stuff is out there and there’s a lot to consider, but he (Kenny) cannot lay down the law to players who don’t belong to him.”