Sydney Roosters are set to become the first sporting club in Australia to reject those fans that haven’t had their vaccine at the new Allianz Stadium from next season.
Chairman Nick Politis told the Daily Telegraph that rejecting unvaccinated people is the only way the club can welcome back supporters in large numbers.
“We want members and fans to feel safe about coming to the football and knowing the people they are sitting next to have been fully vaccinated,” Politis said.
“It might upset a minority of supporters but it’s the only way forward.
“We think all NRL clubs need to take a responsible stand on this like they are doing overseas.”
Some NRL stars have been apprehensive to get the vaccine in the past, with the likes of Canberra’s Josh Papalii and Gold Coast forward Tino Fa’asuamaleaui.
“I don’t know, I hadn’t really thought about it too much,” the Gold Coast forward said when asked if he would get vaccinated.
“It is a bit scary hearing all the bad things that have happened to people. It is scary but I guess if we need to get it done then we need to get it done to be able to do things and get back to normal.
“It’s a hard one to answer. (We need) more information to make sure everything’s going to be all right. That’s the main thing for me, more information to make sure everything will go well.”