Keith Hackett shares verdict on West Brom-Callum Robinson controversy
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Keith Hackett has insisted that the FA may have to get involved after West Brom star Callum Robinson admitted he hasn’t been vaccinated.
The Irish international was one of the first to admit he hasn’t had either jab before scoring twice against Azerbaijan over the weekend.
Hackett believes the responsibility lays with the player and the club, and questioned what the club doctor will be thinking about the situation.
Speaking exclusively to West Brom News, Hackett said, “There has to be an individual right of the player to make that choice.
“Then I think if you’ve got a high percentage of players in that team that are vaccinated, and you’ve got a small percentage who are not, that puts the entire team at risk.
“Here is a scenario, we take the coming weekend where if you want to attend a game of football in Wales, you have to demonstrate you are doubly vaccinated, but you can be a player who hasn’t – that doesn’t make sense.
“There’s a responsibility to the game from a club perspective, and every club has a doctor, so what is the view of that doctor? I just wonder if the FA may have to get involved in this.“
Is there anything that the FA can actually do in this situation?
Robinson was only the center of all this madness because he was the first one to be questioned by the media in the international break.
The question mark only surrounds the attacker while away on with the Republic of Ireland too, with some countries needing proof that the players have been double vaccinated.
Robinson will be hoping that after catching the virus twice, he will no longer be in a position to catch it again.
This one is far from over though, and whether the FA gets involved or not, there are still many twists and turns on the horizon.
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