Canadian football club CF Montreal sell their striker Erik Hurtado because he REFUSED to get the Covid vaccine, making cross-border travel for games in America’s MLS ‘problematic’ – and they only signed him in February!
- The side play in the MLS, which largely contains opponents from mainland USA
- Hurtado’s refusal to get jabbed would thus rule him out of most league games
- He only played seven times for the club, with one assist, since joining in February
CF Montreal have sold striker Erik Hurtado to Columbus Crew, citing his refusal to get the Covid-19 vaccine as a reason for his departure.
The Canadian side completed the sale in return for the equivalent of about £150,000 in general allocation money, sealing the exit of a player who only signed in February, playing seven times and not at all since May 22.
Montreal play in the MLS – largely based in the USA – and according to the Athletic, sporting director Olivier Renard admitted his refusal to get jabbed ruled out cross-border travel and was a key factor in the decision to let him go.
CF Montreal have sold Erik Hurtado, partly because he refused to get the Covid-19 vaccine
He said: ‘There was some interest in Erik during the past few weeks and we listened to the offers, even though we were satisfied with Erik’s work.
‘Because he’s not vaccinated against Covid-19, his situation was problematic and we started considering a trade when we got the confirmation that the team could return to Montreal.
‘Before proceeding, Erik also confirmed that he was not comfortable taking the vaccine, so we concluded this deal, which we felt was very satisfactory. We would like to thank Erik for his professionalism and wish him good luck in his career.’
Montreal sporting director Olivier Renard (left) said the situation was ‘problematic’ due to Hurtado not being vaccinated and sold him despite being ‘satisfied with his work’ on the pitch
Veteran forward Hurtado, 30, signed on a free transfer on February 16 after leaving Sporting Kansas City for an initial year with an option for a second, but only made two starts and recorded one assist for the club.
With Bradley Wright-Phillips, 36, out injured and first-choice Gyasi Zardes on international duty, Hurtado could step straight into the Columbus team.
Midfielder Nick DeLeon, who plays for Toronto FC – another Canada-based side – stated earlier this year he would not get vaccinated, saying: ‘I will not get vaccinated. That will not happen to me, period. Period.’