Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren reacts to anti-vaxxer Instagram post
Liverpool’s Croatian international defender Dejan Lovren has seemingly lent his support to an anti-vaxccination meme during the Covid-19 epidemic.
Ivan Pernar is a 34-year-old Croatian MP. He’s described on Wikipedia as a “Croatian politician, conspiracy theorist and anti-eviction activist”.
A few days ago, Ivan Pernar posted an anti-vaxxer meme on his Instagram account.
The meme had a cartoon image of Bill Gates holding a syringe and saying the words “Your body is my choice”.
Bill Gates has been lauded in recent weeks for having attempted to warn the world about the dangers of a virus pandemic several years ago.
There should always be the freedom of choice and against making vaccination mandatory. That is why I am a thorn in the eye of all mainstream media and their sponsors.
Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren has reacted to the post with the ‘pray hands’ emoji.
Novak Djokovic’s comments on Covid-19 vaccinations
Liverpool’s Lovren isn’t the only sports star from the Balkans who has reacted to the topic of vaccinations this week.
During a Facebook Live conversation with other Serbian sportsmen, tennis star Novak Djokovic admitted he had reservations about using vaccinations to treat Covid-19. Djokovic said:
Personally I am opposed to vaccination and I wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel. But if it becomes compulsory, what will happen? I will have to make a decision.
I have my own thoughts about the matter and whether those thoughts will change at some point, I don’t know.
Hypothetically, if the season was to resume in July, August or September, though unlikely, I understand that a vaccine will become a requirement straight after we are out of strict quarantine and there is no vaccine yet.
If Lovren refuses to be vaccinated, would he be allowed to play for Liverpool?
There’s currently no firm confirmation that all Premier League footballers would need to be vaccinated once such treatment has been found.
However, after Djokovic’s comments, the suggestion in tennis was that the world #1 could be prevented from returning to the court if he doesn’t get an injection.
Spanish football behind closed doors until 2021?
As is the case throughout Europe, it has since remained altogether unclear when football may get back underway in Spain.
The country is currently the 2nd-hardest hit on the planet in terms of confirmed COVID-19 cases, at well over 200,000.
Even when La Liga is given the green light to resume, however, it looks unlikely, for the foreseeable future, to return to the passion-filled, atmospheric stage that fans and players alike have long become accustomed to.
If the current campaign, as is expected, does resume, the widespread assumption is that all remaining fixtures will be played out behind closed doors, to ensure maximum safety.
What had not been predicted, however, was the implementation of such measures for the remainder of the calendar year, and potentially beyond.
As outlined above, reports stemming from numerous outlets across Europe this evening suggest that La Liga’s clubs have been informed by the Spanish government that fan presences will be banned from all stadiums until 2021.
As per a report from Cadena Cope, cited by Sport:
‘Members of the Government have already unofficially informed Javier Tebas, president of the LFP, of their idea to prevent public access to stadiums until 2021.’
The likes of ESPN, meanwhile, have followed suit with a similar claim: