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Law change: Smalling's vaccine u-turn

Updated: Jan 6, 2022

Former Manchester United defender finally agrees to have Covid-19 vaccine in order to play

Roma defender Chris Smalling has backed down and agreed to have a Covid-19 vaccine after the Italian government introduced a new law stipulating that only players with at least one vaccination dose can enter a Serie A dressing room.

Smalling was believed to be one of only ten players in Serie A who had yet to receive a dose of the vaccine.

It was reported that, in response to the law change, Smalling had agreed to get a first dose.

Roma boss Jose Mourinho said: “Rules are rules, the law is the law, and the moment the Italian Government makes a decision on a vaccine mandate, then it has to be respected.”

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