By Nick Ware

6th Oct, 2021 | 2:27pm

West Brom star Callum Robinson courts controversy online after COVID-19 vaccine comments

West Brom forward Callum Robinson has courted controversy online after his comments about the COVID-19 vaccine while on international duty.

Robinson, 26, told reporters this week that he has not been vaccinated, but did not elaborate on the reason why, saying that it is a “personal choice” [Sky News].

His words have split opinion online.

Liverpool-based journalist Peter Guy, followed by The Athletic’s Patrick Boyland on his verified Twitter account, called for the Republic of Ireland international to be dropped.

“Callum Robinson should be dropped,” he said. “He’s refusing the vaccine, had Covid twice, missed several games as a result – and worse still endangered the health of teammates and staff. It’s this kind of selfishness which sets an horrendous example and lack of professionalism.”

However, there has been support for Robinson, such as this tweet from freelance journalist Ewan MacKenna, who writes for publications such as ESPN.

“The bullying and shaming of Callum Robinson is quite something,” he wrote. “A modern-day witch-hunt. These people talk about protection. Well they should be bullied if they take a booster so as WHO and most agree that to do it now is dangerous for most vulnerable elsewhere and via variants.”

Controversy

If anyone wondered why footballers stay quiet on public issues, this will serve as a reminder.

The Albion star is preparing for a huge World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan on Saturday, but instead their build-up has been interrupted by a sea of complaints about Robinson and his views on the COVID-19 vaccine.

His comments have made national headlines and have been clipped into numerous radio shows, including talkSPORT, all Wednesday morning and afternoon.

The Aston Villa academy graduate has been the talk of Twitter in particular, with many rounding on the Albion man for his views after twice contracting the infectious disease.

He is yet to respond to the furore that has been created, and there are no suggestions he will as he prepares for a crucial fixture with his national team.

In other West Brom news, this Albion player has reacted to transfer speculation on Instagram.

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