Gareth Southgate reveals he was ABUSED by anti-vaxxers for ad encouraging people to get Covid jab, as England coach admits: ‘If you want to make a difference you know you won’t please everyone’
- England head coach Gareth Southgate has been angered by anti-vaccination groups
- He has encouraged players to get a shot but is wary of talking about it publicly
- “That’s the one I got the most abuse from,” Southgate said of the insults
- ‘If you want to make a difference, you are not going to please everyone’
England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed he had been abused by anti-vaxxers after his involvement in an ad urging people to get a Covid jab.
Southgate is encouraging footballers to take the vaccine, but expressed fear of speaking up about the subject publicly after receiving insults.
“I’m not going to get too involved in this because I was asked to make a video in support of the vaccination program, which I thought was responsible, and of all the things I took advantage of over the summer – several of them—that’s the one I’ve received the most,’ said Southgate.
Gareth Southgate has received abusive messages urging people to get Covid vaccines
“Of all the things I’ve been abused for, that’s what I got the most for,” Southgate said
‘I have accepted that it is part of the job, that is the nature of the work.
“If you want to try and make a difference, and get the right attitude about taking the knee and other things, you know you’re not going to please everyone and there are extreme views on many of those topics.
“I’m fine with that, but I’m not going to town specifically about things like the vaccine. I am always happy to support the greater good.
Southgate said his secretary is the one who has had to open the most abusive emails
“I’m not the one who has to open some of that mail and some of those emails because my poor secretary took quite a bit of it, so that’s the reality.”
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta has called on the government to find a compromise with the Premier League over players traveling to red-listed countries.
Mikel Arteta has urged the government to find a compromise on players traveling to red-listed countries
The top 20 clubs agreed to refuse to release players who were forced to travel to red-listed destinations during next week’s international break, due to the need to quarantine for 10 days in a hotel upon return.
“The biggest and easiest thing is to align and common sense comes to the table and nobody gets affected,” Arteta said.