Pictured above: Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen carried off the pitch after he collapsed in 2021.
By John Brindley
As highly discriminatory ‘vaccine passports’ are preventing many football fans from watching
elite sport, a hat trick of former Premier League stars are pointing to vaccine adverse reactions.
With tragic irony, as the UK government and the football authorities continue to preach the line that the ‘covid vaccine’ keeps players and spectators alike safe, the astonishing rise of super-fit footballers being taken ill on the pitch has prompted Matt Le Tissier, Trevor Sinclair and Kevin Gage to call for
an official investigation into possible vaccine adverse reactions.
Supporters, still reeling from being kept out of most major football grounds for a full season as part of the regime’s lockdown measures, have now been told they must prove they are ‘fully vaccinated’ or produce a negative test result to gain entry into stadia holding at least 10,000 spectators.
Yet the issue of vaccination is far from a done deal among the players, a significant minority of whom have so far decided not to be jabbed and instead take the 99.9 per cent plus chance that they will not become seriously ill.
Perhaps the loophole of a negative test is designed to prevent the embarrassment of obscenely-paid superstar footballers joining the fans on the scrapheap? Their laughably described ‘vaccine hesitancy’ is unlikely to be eased with reports regularly flooding in of events that pre-vaccine were rarer than England tournament victories.
Even before there was time to put disgraced Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement into action just before Christmas, Manchester United star Victor Lindelof – vaccinated or otherwise – suffered breathing difficulties during a televised Premier League clash at Norwich City.
With the silence of the football authorities and the vast majority of the pundits still deafening, Le Tissier tweeted: “Amazing that another footballer comes off complaining about his heart and yet the media refuse to mention even the slightest hint that it just ‘could’ be the thing that can’t be named”.
Le Tissier, Sinclair and Gage also took to social media earlier following a shocking week in which five players were taken ill inside 48 hours, including two from the EFL (English Football League).
Best known of the rebels, Le Tissier, a former Southampton legend and England international, asked: “How many more sports people need to collapse on the pitch before an investigation takes place?”
This common-sense question immediately landed him in hot water with the national media, with ridiculous claims he was putting players’ lives in danger.
Le Tissier’s own media career was already in tatters after he was kicked off his popular role on Sky Sports, leading him to explain that he had refused to wear a Black Lives Matter badge on TV.
But the stances taken by Gage and Sinclair are even braver, considering both have current media roles.
Sinclair, another former England international, was cut off on popular radio station TalkSport when referring to a health scare involving Sheffield United’s John Fleck.
“I think everyone wants to know if he (Fleck) has had the covid vaccine”, he said.
The station then censored their own pundit’s honest question from their archives, prompting the 48-year-old to turn to Twitter: “Everyone I speak to about these heart problems suffered by footballers (which worryingly seem to be happening more regularly) are asking if they are linked to covid vaccines or not?”
As with Le Tissier, his comments sparked a huge row, with some accusing him of being “irresponsible”.
The Fleck incident, which national media have distanced from the vaccine, was even closer to home for Gage, a former Blades player and now a Sheffield United TV commentator. This is his sensational and worrying Tweet in full: “Bitten my tongue for long enough & out of respect for ‘one of our own’ on Tuesday, I’ve kept quiet. But I’ve now seen reports of another FIVE players who’ve collapsed/died
in past two days.
“One of them, Adama Traore did so in a CHAMPIONS LEAGUE game v Real Madrid watched all around the world by millions & apparently there have been 108 FIFA registered pro footballers who’ve died in last 6 months (a 500% increase) & nearly 200 of them have collapsed… what the f**k is going on?
In my 19 years as a pro footballer & then my 20+ years watching & commentating, I’ve never seen ANY players collapse, pass out, etc either live or during any of the thousands of training sessions & matches I’ve taken part in.
“Something isn’t right…In fact something is happening that is very VERY wrong. Ignore it & keep your head buried in the sand if you wish, but it’s not going away.
We need answers, but who’s gonna be brave enough to ask the questions?” VAR is not, of course, limited to the so-called ‘beautiful game’.
Le Tissier was in social media correspondence with former England badminton star Gail Emms, aged 44, who posted: “I remember 2hrs after vaccine, my HR [heart rate] going through the roof. Then my blood pressure soared. I don’t remember the next few hrs as I was rushed to hospital with suspected stroke. And I’ve been told that this has happened lots with very fit people and the vaccine”.
Whether Fleck or Traore took and were affected by the covid vaccine is yet to be determined. The bigger picture is the sheer number of apparently super-fit athletes who have either collapsed or died in 2021.
Sports deaths and injuries (that we know about)
- Two West Indies players, Chinelle Henry and Chedean Nation collapse on field
- Dembele, 29, Atletico, Madrid striker collapses in training, requires medical attention
- Alex Apolinario, 24, Brazilian soccer player dies after collapsing on pitch during match
- Britain’s Jack Draper, 19, collapses at Miami Open
- Mirko Kido, 36, Olympic gold medallist dies of heart attack during game
- Ghanaian referee collapses during AFCON Match
- Referee Bert Smith collapses on court due to blood clot during Gonzaga-USC men’s Elite Eight game
- Josh Downie, 24, cricketer dies after heart attack at practice
- Giuseppe Perrino, 29, ex-Parma footballer dies at memorial match after collapsing
- Raymond van Barneveld collapses and receives paramedic attention during PDC Championship
- Devaraj Anchan, 33, volleyball player collapses during game and dies
- Garissone Innocent, 20, fell unconscious due to abnormal electrical impulse in heart during game
- Ethan Jovani Trejo, 16-year-old soccer player, collapsed on the field during training
- Samuel Kalu, 24, Bordeaux star collapses minutes into football game
- VinnyCurry,33, outfor season due to blood clots
- Cameron Dale, 29, Australian sailor dies after catastrophic stroke
- Two young Columbia High School footballers die
- Bollywood’s star, 40, dies following heart attack
- Tom Felton, 34, collapses during golf game Francis Perron, 25,
- Ottawa footballer dies after game Parys Haralson, 37,
- former Saints line backer, dies
- Jimmy Hayes, 31, former Bruins player unexpectedly dies
- Kjeld Nuis, 31, Dutch professional skater admitted to hospital with inflamed heart
- John Stokes, 21, athlete at Tennessee Uni hospitalised with heart inflammation
- Jake Ehlinger, 20, found dead – cause unknown
- Jeremy Chardy, 34, tennis pro cannot train or play after vaccine
- Francesca Marcon, 38, volleyball professional can’t play, has pericarditis post vaccine
- Yusuke Kinoshita, 27, baseball pro dies seven weeks post vaccine
- Alex Stalock, 34, NHL Oilers goalie out for the season due to heart condition
- Ceylin Alvarado, 23, pro cyclist out for season due to blood complications
- Greg van Aevermat, 36, pro cyclist, loss of form since vaccine
- Three young Belgian cyclists suffer heart issues following race
- Kamila Label-Farrel, 19, University basketball star dies unexpectedly
- Jacob Downey, 19, Queens University hockey player passes away after medical emergency
- Christian Eriksen, 29, Collapses at Euros due to heart issue
- Josh Archibald, 28, Oilers hockey forward out indefinitely due to myocarditis
- Jen Gouveia, 38, suffers cardiac arrest during a run
- Kyle Warner, pro BMX cyclist has pericarditis post vaccine
- 16-year-old youth suffers cardiac arrest after weightlifting
- Brandon Goodwin, 26, Atlanta Hawks star, career over due to blood clots
- Ewan Fraser, 30, Glasgow hockey player suffers cardiac arrest, passes away
- David Jenkins, 31, Olympic silver medallist diver, unexpectedly passes away
- Paul Zisper, 27, Munich basketball pro, has emergency surgery after brain hemorrhage related to J and J
- Filip Ingebrigsten, 28, Norwegian runner suffers loss of form post vaccine
- Avi Barot, 29, Saurashtra cricketer suffers cardiac arrest, passes away
- Abou Ali, 22, professional footballer collapses on pitch during game
- Fabrice NSakala, 31, Besiktas defender collapses on pitch during game
- Jens De Smet, 27, footballer collapses on field, passes away of heart attack
- Jente van Genechten, 25, footballer collapses on field due to heart attack
- Frederic Lartillot, French footballer collapses in changing room, passes away due to heart attack after game
- Benjamin Taft, 31, German footballer collapses after game, passes away due to heart attack
- Rune Coghe, 18, Belgian footballer suffers cardiac arrest on pitch
- Helen Edwards, referee taken off court during World Cup qualifier due to heart issues
- Dimitri Lienard, 33, FC Strasbourg midfielder collapses during game
- Sergio Aguero, 33, Barcelona star striker admitted to hospital for cardiac exam after match.