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The introduction of the COVID passport (proof of having had two doses of the COVID vaccine) is being made mandatory at sports events and nightclubs in the UK from October 1st, something which has divided opinion.

“Proof of a negative test will no longer be enough”

UK PM Boris Johnson says that after all over-18s have had the chance to get both Covid jabs, full vaccination will be required for entry into “nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather”https://t.co/EZJkjkCXF1 pic.twitter.com/q0UpIP3Hmr

— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) July 19, 2021

However, according to a report in the Daily Mail, Premier League players will have the same regulations before being able to represent their clubs.

Previously, regular negative testing had been enough to keep the virus out of elite sportsmen’s bubbles for the most part since the league restarted in June 2020. However, this will no longer be enough, with the UK Government stepping up their vaccine rollout and now targetting the top division of English football.

This comes as both Arsenal and Aston Villa have had their pre-season efforts affected by COVID-19, while Manchester City their friendly against AS Troyes due to UK quarantine rules for those returning from France.

Aston Villa can confirm that Head Coach Dean Smith will not be present at tonight’s friendly with Walsall as he is currently isolating with his family.

Craig Shakespeare will take charge of the team this evening. pic.twitter.com/sFi2eQzxqb

— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) July 21, 2021

With full capacity crowds returning to stadiums, the chances of Premier League stars catching COVID will increase, and Premier League clubs chasing the financial boon of full stadiums are likely to be supportive of the measure.

Football fans attending stadiums in England after July 19 will require a COVID passport and will be told to wear masks.https://t.co/60J7XGVMyY

— SPORTbible (@sportbible) July 14, 2021

However, the Mail reports that this is not the same across the playing staff, claiming:

“youngsters at numerous clubs [are] understood to have reservations about being jabbed.”

How this tug of war over vaccination will play out remains to be seen.

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