Making players have COVID-19 boosters between games is unsafe: Veart 

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It has been a recurring theme for the Reds this season to find themselves trailing first, but this time there is a genuine excuse according to their head coach.

And this time that thing was a jam packed week, with a COVID booster thrown in.

“It was a difficult week for the players, they came off a three-game week and then they all had to have their booster jab this week and they were very flat,” he said. 

“It’s something the league has to look at, making players get jabs in between games is unsafe.” 

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Adelaide have been relatively lucky this season when it comes to their players contracting COVID, with only three players missing a game due to it. 

But it was this luck that the Reds are now paying for according to Veart. 

“We are one of the only teams that doesn’t have COVID going through it, so we need to have a booster to get into Perth,” said Veart. 

“Most of the other teams do not need to get the booster as they have already contracted COVID.

“I just don’t understand it.” 

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It was the Central Coast Mariners that shot out the gates and put the pressure on early, piling on four shots on goal in the first half and hitting the front thanks to Beni N’Kololo’s 35th minute strike. 

Whilst the home team looked lethargic and were being run all over the pitch, it was not a pretty start for the Reds, and Veart said the booster jab was a contributing factor to this slow start. 

“The players lacked energy that they would usually have,” he said. 

“The boosters take a couple days to get over and being made to play was tough on them.” 

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Adelaide is required to be triple jabbed to get into Perth for their clash against Perth Glory on Sunday, in what will be the Glory’s first match in their home stadium since the opening of the A-League Men’s season.

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Sport, media and communications student at Flinders University in Adelaide. I was forced to hang the boots up at a young age after discovering I'm no good at sport, so now I just talk about it instead.

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