Absent from the list of players summoned for the All Star Game 2022 in Minneapolis, the Frenchman André-Pierre Gignac was announced unavailable due to a ” personnal issue “. In reality, the Monterrey Tigers striker gave up the trip because of the health requirements of the United States.
Expected for the All Star Game 2022, a match between the best players in Major League Soccer and a selection from the Mexican championship, André-Pierre Gignac will not participate in this event scheduled for Minneapolis. The Monterrey Tigres striker does not appear in the list of 25 elements summoned by the Liga MX. The official reason? According to the Mexican championship, the French must forfeit because of a ” personnal issue “. The authority did not give more details to explain the absence of the local star.
But the next day, the Mexican daily Cancha revealed that André-Pierre Gignac, not vaccinated against Covid-19, preferred to avoid any problem in the United States, where the vaccine is compulsory for foreigners arriving in the territory. A version quickly confirmed by the main interested party on social networks. ” On the matter that arose today (Wednesday), I spoke with the Boardwrote the former Olympique de Marseille player on his Instagram account. I asked them to respect my choice which is a conviction linked to my education, my family and my origin. »
It is undoubtedly for this same reason that the tricolor international did not play the preparation match between the Tigers and Santos on June 22 in San Antonio. At this time, ” personal reasons had officially prevented him from making the trip, without the media trying to find out more. But a month later, for an event such as the All Star Game, André-Pierre Gignac had to explain himself and assume his choice.