Toulouse Olympique confirm talks with players over vaccination status

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Toulouse Olympique have confirmed that the club is in talks with players over their vaccination status ahead of the 2022 season.

The French Government is set to announce that all athletes who wish to compete in France will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

It means that only players who are vaccinated will be able to travel to face Catalans and Toulouse.

While guidance remains unclear, it could mean that unvaccinated players playing for Toulouse could only play in away games or even not at all.

Catalans have reportedly confirmed that all players and staff have been vaccinated.

A report from the Examiner Live revealed that four players could be set to leave the club due to the rules in France, while also raising question marks over the future of star full-back Mark Kheirallah..

However, Toulouse say that all of their 27 players are still on contract with ongoing talks about their vaccinations.

Toulouse Olympique publish statement

The statement read: “Following recent government announcements related to the health restrictions imposed on athletes playing in France; Toulouse Olympique is indeed still in conversation with certain players on this subject.

“The club wishes to respect medical secrecy and therefore will not reveal the names of the players concerned.

“To date, the 27 players in the squad are still contracted to Toulouse Olympique XIII.

“The club has no further comment at this stage.”

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4 Comments

  1. I am heartened to see such stands against coercion and authoritarianism. Sad that so many healthy sporting careers are being affected by these impositions.

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