Napoli star Piotr Zielinski had to leave the pitch after struggling to breathe in a game against Empoli in the Italian first division.
Via The Sun:
Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski was taken off after just 19 minutes against Empoli as he appeared to be struggling to breathe.
The Pole went to the touchline and motioned to his neck and chest.
Zielinski, who put on a coat and was taken into the dressing room, was then replaced by Lorenzo Insigne.
A statement released by Napoli later confirmed Zielinski had some breathing difficulties, but subsequent tests came back negative.
Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski taken off after 19 minutes against Empoli after appearing to be struggling to breathe (The Sun)
Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof before having to leave the field against Norwich on Saturday
Via Ken Early in the Irish Times:
…A collision, a fright, a problem – thankfully behind us? The times being what they are, the story couldn’t end there. You knew before looking how Lindelof’s collapse was going to be interpreted by the sense-makers and meaning-diviners of social media.
Sure enough, there was a tweet from Trevor Sinclair, scorer of Goal of the Season in 1997, and latterly combining football punditry with vaccine-scepticism: “Nothing to see here #Lindelof”. It was obvious that Sinclair’s post was a reference to his previously-aired suspicion that the Covid vaccines are causing a spate of collapses among football players.
But what about Sinclair’s premise – which you can find echoed by thousands on social media – that these cardiac collapses are becoming more common?
Back in November, Sinclair had been talking to Jim White and Simon Jordan on TalkSport about the collapse of Scotland midfielder John Fleck playing for Sheffield United against Reading. “I think everyone wants to know if he’s had the Covid vacc- . . . ” was as far as Sinclair got before the stream went dead, TalkSport’s producers having apparently hit the dump button.
Refusing to be silenced, Sinclair tweeted: “Everyone I speak to about these heart problems suffered by footballers (which worryingly seem to be happening more regularly) are they linked to Covid vaccines or not??”
No, these alleged heart problems are not linked to the vaccines, according to medical and scientific experts – as though the word of such experts matters in convincing the sceptics…
…But what about Sinclair’s premise – which you can find echoed by thousands on social media – that these cardiac collapses are becoming more common? The claim has been fact-checked by news agencies including AFP and Reuters and found to be false – not that news agency fact-checking can be expected to convince anybody who doesn’t want to be convinced.
Ken Early: Don’t make players pawns in sad and bitter Covid culture war ( irish Times)