AFL player retires if allegedly refuses COVID-19 vaccination

Australian Rules Football League (AFL) star defender Liam Jones announced his immediate retirement from sports on Sunday. We claim that this decision is due to the refusal to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I want to announce my retirement from AFL football soon” Jones said.. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my journey, both personally and professionally. I love this game and miss my teammates. “

Jones did not reveal the reason for his retirement and urged people to respect his decisions and privacy.

“Neither I nor my management can comment further on this issue,” he said.

AFL Official report They understood the decisions related to Victoria’s mandatory vaccination policy. Under this policy, all players must be fully vaccinated by November 26th to be able to participate in pre-season activities.

Jones’ decision was worth nearly $ 500,000, despite having a year left on the contract with Carlton.

Carlton’s football director Brad Lloyd said Jones’ reasoning was personal and the club did not give him an ultimatum.

“We were able to throw support around him and decide where he wanted to go in the future, which escalated last week or so.” Lloyd said SEN radio. “From the end of last week to the weekend, it really came to my mind that Liam was very strong in his decision to retire from AFL’s footy.”

Lloyd later added that he hopes that all athletes currently listed will be fully vaccinated before pre-season training begins.

“We really support vaccination programs through the (Victoria) state government and AFL,” he added. “Our playlists (male and female) are expected to be fully vaccinated when we return to training in the next few weeks.

Jones played 161 games over 12 seasons, playing for the Carlton Blues for seven years and for the Western Bulldogs for five years.

“We hope Liam will do his best for the next stage of his life,” Carlton FC said.

This announcement will be made after AFWL player Deni Varnhagen has been added to the team’s inactive list next season for the same reason.

Varnhagen, who is also a registered nurse, also faces the potential to lose his job in the health sector.

“We are all scared. We love to work. She told reporters on November 2 in protest of the mandatory vaccine.” If you don’t participate in medical experiments, no one There is no danger of losing a job. “

Rebecca Chu