Several social media posts claim that 108 FIFA soccer players have died in the last six months after taking Covid-19 vaccines. We fact-checked and found the claim to be false.
A blog in Hebrew-language published on a media website claims, “Since December, 183 professional athletes, coaches and college and youth athletes have suddenly collapsed, and 108 have died”. The blog can be seen here.
Multiple social media users have made similar claims and shared them across social media platforms. Such posts can be seen here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.
Did 108 FIFA players die due to Covid-19 vaccine?
No. There is no evidence that suggests 108 players die due to Covid-19 vaccine. Moreover, the blog itself claims that “professional athletes, coaches, college and youth athletes” have died since December 2020. The list of 108 players is in Hebrew-language and can be seen here.
As per a news article published in Reuters, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has confirmed that they have not seen a rise in episodes of cardiac arrests among players who have received Covid-19 vaccine. In fact, the list was prepared using the news reports of 108 dead players aged between 12 to 64.
Are the deaths of 108 players related to vaccines?
No. There is no evidence that links the death of players with Covid-19 vaccines. On the contrary the available limited studies show “no appreciable impact of exercise on vaccine response”.
The Healthy Indian Project (THIP) has also addressed similar claim about increased deaths among athletes due to vaccine related myocarditis here.
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