Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilian President, has disclosed that he was not allowed to attend a league match between Santos and Gremio, because the home club do not allow unvaccinated supporters into their stadium.
The game played on Sunday, was Santos’ first with supporters present since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The club insisted it would only allow entry of vaccinated people, or those who have a negative PCR test.
“I wanted to watch the Santos game now and they told me you have to be vaccinated”, Bolsonaro said in a video posted on the website of the Metropoles news portal. “Why?”
The president, who has refused to get vaccinated and encouraged others to follow his lead, claimed he has antibodies because he had already contracted COVID-19.
“I have more antibodies than whoever took the vaccines,” he had said.
A spokesman for Santos said the club management were not approached by the president’s team, maintaning that all fans must follow the country’s sanitary regulations.
He is one of the most high-profile world leaders to publicly claim that he has not been vaccinated.