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Liam Jones named as Carlton player refusing COVID vaccine


Liam Jones is the Carlton player refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Sportsday’s Sam McClure revealed on Wednesday night.

Any AFL player who isn’t willing to take the vaccine will be moved to the club’s inactive list and could have their contract terminated next year.

McClure outlined the protocols Jones will face as Carlton prepares to return for pre-season training at the start of December.

“A lot of people aren’t going to be happy that we’ve named Liam Jones,” he said on Sportsday.

“He is absolutely entitled to his opinion (on the vaccine) and choice – but the lines have been blurred a little bit in Victoria where anyone who is working is mandated to be vaccinated.

“That forced the hand of the AFLPA and AFL to come to an agreement, which really makes this cut and dry for the AFL.

“Unless Liam (Jones) gets vaccinated before May 18, Carlton will cut him.”

Jones has been a mainstay in the Carlton defence for the past few seasons and played 19 games in 2021.

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