Unvaccinated Brazilian president angry over missed football match


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro complains after being kicked out again – this time from a football match – because he is not vaccinated

  • President Jair Bolsonaro was banned from attending a soccer match at Vila Belmiro Stadium in São Paulo, Brazil on Sunday
  • Bolsonaro was not allowed to attend a Brasil Serie A league game between Santos and Gremio because he did not receive his COVID-19 vaccine
  • Stadium capacity was capped at 30%, but fans had to be fully vaccinated
  • Bolsonaro was fined for refusing to wear a mask during a visit to an outdoor market on Saturday in the city of São Paulo in Peruíbe
  • John Hopkins University data showed 601,011 people died from COVID-19 on Monday










Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro complained that he missed watching a Brazilian league football game in person on Sunday because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19 as he was fined for refusing to wear a mask in a market the day before.

Bolsonaro said he was looking forward to attending Brasil’s Serie A match in Santos, São Paulo on Sunday, but did not do so because he does not have a vaccine.

“I wanted to watch Santos’ game now and they told me you had to be vaccinated,” the far-right leader said in a video posted on the Metropoles news portal website. ‘What’s the point? I have more antibodies than those who received the vaccine.

It was not clear whether Bolsonaro, a football enthusiast who spent the weekend near Santos, had tried to visit the Vila Belmiro stadium where Santos was hosting Gremio, or if his dissatisfaction was linked to the requirement for “passports vaccine “.

“Why a vaccination passport? I wanted to watch Santos now and they said I had to be vaccinated, ”he added. “Why should it be?” ”

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was unable to attend a soccer match on Sunday at the Vila Belmiro stadium in Santos, São Paulo because he had not received his COVID-19 vaccine

The Brazilian soccer federation now allows fans to attend stadiums, including the Vila Belmiro stadium (pictured), but they must be vaccinated against the coronavirus.  Capacity is capped at 30 percent

The Brazilian soccer federation now allows fans to attend stadiums, including the Vila Belmiro stadium (pictured), but they must be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Capacity is capped at 30 percent

A spokesperson for Santos said the club had not been approached by the president’s team and all fans must follow the country’s health regulations.

Santo defeated Gremio 1-0 in Vila Belmiro.

The Brazilian soccer federation last week allowed clubs to occupy 30% of the available seats in Brazilian league matches. However, fans in attendance had to show proof of two injections of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or CoronaVac vaccine, or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Bolsonaro, who compared the effects of the virus to “a little flu” before being infected and hospitalized in July 2020, is currently the subject of a Senate investigation for his handling of the pandemic.

Following a visit to an outdoor market in the city of São Paulo in Peruíbe on Saturday, authorities fined Bolsonaro $ 90 for failing to comply with a measure that calls for the use of face masks .

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro poses for a photo with a supporter at a São Paulo city market in Peruíbe on Saturday before being fined $ 90 for refusing to comply with the city's pandemic measures and wearing a face mask

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro poses for a photo with a supporter on Saturday at a São Paulo city market in Peruíbe before being fined $ 90 for refusing to comply with the city’s pandemic measures and wearing a mask facial

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (third from left) poses with members of his roving delegation in New York before his appearance at the United Nations General Assembly and eats pizza outside a pizzeria because he was not allowed to dine inside because he was not vaccinated

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (third from left) poses with members of his roving delegation in New York before his appearance at the United Nations General Assembly and eats pizza outside a pizzeria because he was not allowed to dine inside because he was not vaccinated

Santos fans cheer during a match between Santos and Gremio at the Vila Belmiro stadium on Sunday in Santos, Brazil.  Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was seeking to attend the game, but was not allowed to do so because he was not vaccinated against the coronavirus

Santos fans cheer during a match between Santos and Gremio at the Vila Belmiro stadium on Sunday in Santos, Brazil. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was seeking to attend the game, but was not allowed to do so because he was not vaccinated against the coronavirus

He shared video footage on his Twitter account that showed him mingling with supporters, including children.

His latest fight against preventive measures to stop the spread of the virus comes nearly three weeks after he flew to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly and was criticized for eating pizza on a sidewalk because he had no proof of a vaccine against entering the restaurant.

In total, three members of his traveling delegation, including his son, Congressman from São Paulo Eduardo Bolsonaro, tested positive for the virus during and after the trip.

Brazil has passed 600,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, according to data from John Hopkins University.

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