England and Everton footballer Fabian Delph shared an anti-vaccine post on his Instagram account which claims the human immune system can fight Covid-19 without help.
It comes as several Premier League and EFL clubs are considering inserting vaccination clauses into player contracts as a condition of employment.
Midfielder Delph, 31, who has 20 caps in England, shared the post from US-based holistic medicine website The Healing Chamber in his Instagram Stories on Wednesday.
He said, “It’s now a ‘conspiracy theory’ to believe that the immune system is capable of doing the job it was designed to do. “
England and Everton footballer Fabian Delph shared anti-vaccine post on Instagram
Delph shared the post from the American Holistic Medicine Society The Healing Chamber
Delph did not travel with Everton’s team currently in Orlando competing in the Florida Cup after coming into contact with someone who has since tested positive for Covid.
Everton said in a statement a few days ago: “Fabian Delph will not be traveling with the Florida Cup squad to Orlando as a precautionary measure after coming into contact with someone who has since tested positive for Covid- 19.
‘Delph, who began preparations for the upcoming season on July 5 and played both of the club’s training matches – including a 1-0 win over the Blackburn Rovers on Saturday – will resume pre-season training as soon as his term self-isolation is over.
Everton beat Colombian side Millonarios 10-9 on penalties earlier this week and ended their trip to Florida facing Mexican club Pumas UNAM on Wednesday.
Delph’s social media posts come after Sportsmail revealed that several clubs in English football’s top divisions are considering making the Covid-19 vaccine a condition of employment after fears that jab use is low among players .
Midfielder Delph self-isolated after coming into contact with a positive Covid-19 case and missed Everton’s pre-season trip to Florida
The government wants all players and behind-the-scenes staff in the Premier League and EFL to be fully vaccinated by October to protect live sport against future virus outbreaks.
As it stands, the government seems happy that clubs are taking the lead and the majority are actively encouraging players to get vaccinated. Some are even considering inserting vaccine clauses in all future contracts.
The PFA is also in favor of vaccination in principle but has a difficult balance to find because it is also forced to defend the individual freedoms and the personal choice of the players.
Covid test tents are already set up at Premier League clubs, such as West Ham (above)
Sportsmail was informed that there is considerable reluctance among some players to get the vaccine, especially those in their late teens and early 20s, as many do not feel vulnerable to the virus or the potential risks.
After Birmingham goalkeeper Neil Etheridge was admitted to hospital with Covid this month, manager Lee Bowyer appeared to take a laissez-faire approach to vaccination.
“You can’t force anyone, can you?” ” he said. ‘Give someone the jabs? They are grown men and it is their decision. You can give your professional advice and advice, but it is up to them as individuals. ‘
Birmingham goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has been admitted to hospital after contracting coronavirus
The Premier League ended on schedule with only a handful of postponements due to Covid last season, but the virus is much more prevalent in society this summer and players are more vulnerable to exposure as clubs have ceased to operate Covid secure bubbles.
Arsenal and Chelsea have had to change their plans for pre-season fixtures due to positive cases and the possibility of major disruption is worrying when the season begins next month.
Norwich have become the last Premier League club to see their pre-season plans disrupted with the cancellation of a friendly with Coventry City.
Premier League clubs will re-apply a bi-weekly testing program, but EFL players will usually only be tested if they show symptoms.