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Brazil''s Unvaccinated President Angry at Missed Soccer Game

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro walks outside his hotel while attending the UN General Assembly 76th session General Debate at the United Nations. (REUTERS/Stefan Jeremiah)

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro walks outside his hotel while attending the UN General Assembly 76th session General Debate at the United Nations. (REUTERS/Stefan Jeremiah)

Sao Paulo (AP) Brazil's president claimed that COVID-19 protocols at soccer matches had prevented him from attending a game...

Brazil’s president claimed that COVID-19 protocols at soccer matches had prevented him from attending a game. Jair Bolsonaro said he had wanted to go to a Brazilian championship match in the city of Santos, but did not because he is not vaccinated.

“Why a vaccine passport? I wanted to watch Santos now and they said I needed to be vaccinated. Why should that be?” Bolsonaro told journalists near Santos.

Bolsonaro is currently under a Senate investigation for his handling of the pandemic. Brazil has surpassed 600,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, according to health ministry data.

Santos said Bolsonaro had not asked to attend the match, which saw Santos beat Gremio 1-0 at the Vila Belmiro Stadium. Authorities this week allowed clubs to fill 30 per cent of available seats in Brazilian championship games.

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first published:October 11, 2021, 08:00 IST