In Germany, there has recently been a public debate on compulsory vaccination for various professional groups – including footballers. Today, a law professor commented on any project and considers that compulsory vaccination for football professionals is difficult to implement.
Law professor Philipp S. Fischinger does not particularly believe in regulating DFL vaccination, as has recently been demanded by some parties.
“I am very skeptical about this. Of course, the autonomy of the association is fundamentally protected, but it does not apply without limits. Here it is opposed to the need to protect the physical integrity and the player’s right to self-determination over his body, he told the kicker.
According to him, this consideration ultimately works in favor of the footballer. “In this regard, I do not see an association in a stronger legal position vis-à-vis the player than the club is as an employer.
A club-side ban on players who refuse to be vaccinated, as Stefan Effenberg demands from Sport1, is “illegal” from Fischinger’s point of view. Instead, clubs should “choose a mix of carrot and stick: on the one hand, continue to persuade them, and on the other, if necessary, make players give in through financial pressure.” Only then should the legislator intervene.
Politicians have recently had voices, including those of Markus Söder (CSU, Prime Minister of Bavaria) and Hendrik Wüst (CDU, Prime Minister NRW), after footballers had to be vaccinated. This has been met with incomprehension at many Bundesliga clubs. Mainz sports director Christian Heidel called it “populism”.