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Soccer-Brighton's Potter urges players to get vaccinated after family member's COVID death

Soccer-Brighton's Potter urges players to get vaccinated after family member's COVID death

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley v Brighton & Hove Albion - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - August 14, 2021 Brighton & Hove Albion manager Graham Potter celebrates after the match Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Graham Potter has encouraged players to get vaccinated against COVID-19 after losing a family member to the disease.

The number of positive tests in the Premier League have been on the rise recently, with 11 new cases reported https://www.premierleague.com/news/2211279 in the latest round of testing on Monday.

"I've had first-hand experience of a family member that wasn't vaccinated and unfortunately lost their life with the illness," Potter said ahead of Saturday's Premier League home game against Watford.

"He was 48 - not the same age as the players of course, but young with two kids, so it's tragic.

"I would advise (vaccination) because I don't want anybody else to go through that," Potter added.

"It was devastating to go through and witness, and tragic for the family. It was last week, unfortunately. It was a quick illness, (he) responded badly to it and went downhill really quickly."

(Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Source: Reuters

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