Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren reacts to anti-vaxxer Instagram post
Liverpool’s Croatian international defender Dejan Lovren has seemingly lent his support to an anti-vaxccination meme during the Covid-19 epidemic.
Ivan Pernar is a 34-year-old Croatian MP. He’s described on Wikipedia as a “Croatian politician, conspiracy theorist and anti-eviction activist”.
A few days ago, Ivan Pernar posted an anti-vaxxer meme on his Instagram account.
The meme had a cartoon image of Bill Gates holding a syringe and saying the words “Your body is my choice”.
Bill Gates has been lauded in recent weeks for having attempted to warn the world about the dangers of a virus pandemic several years ago.
Ivan Pernar added the following message to the meme:
There should always be the freedom of choice and against making vaccination mandatory. That is why I am a thorn in the eye of all mainstream media and their sponsors.
Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren has reacted to the post with the ‘pray hands’ emoji.
Better cancel all vaccine testing and trials immediately then. https://t.co/k8EQSFWFMS
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 23, 2020
Novak Djokovic’s comments on Covid-19 vaccinations
Liverpool’s Lovren isn’t the only sports star from the Balkans who has reacted to the topic of vaccinations this week.
During a Facebook Live conversation with other Serbian sportsmen, tennis star Novak Djokovic admitted he had reservations about using vaccinations to treat Covid-19. Djokovic said:
Personally I am opposed to vaccination and I wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel. But if it becomes compulsory, what will happen? I will have to make a decision.
I have my own thoughts about the matter and whether those thoughts will change at some point, I don’t know.
Hypothetically, if the season was to resume in July, August or September, though unlikely, I understand that a vaccine will become a requirement straight after we are out of strict quarantine and there is no vaccine yet.
If Lovren refuses to be vaccinated, would he be allowed to play for Liverpool?
There’s currently no firm confirmation that all Premier League footballers would need to be vaccinated once such treatment has been found.
However, after Djokovic’s comments, the suggestion in tennis was that the world #1 could be prevented from returning to the court if he doesn’t get an injection.
Novak Djokovic’s opposition to vaccination may stop return to tennis https://t.co/XKNN0CDWep
— The Guardian (@guardian) April 20, 2020
Former women’s world #1 Amélie Mauresmo has argued: “No vaccine = no tennis.”
Je crois qu’on va devoir tirer un trait sur la saison 2020 de tennis. Circuit international = des joueurs et joueuses de toutes nationalités plus les encadrements, spectateurs et les personnes venant des 4 coins du monde qui font vivre ces événements.
Pas de vaccin=pas de tennis
— AmelieMauresmo (@AmeMauresmo) March 31, 2020
This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.