LONDON (REUTERS) – Manchester City will take a late call on whether to include forward Jack Grealish in the squad for Wednesday’s (Dec 1) trip to his former team Aston Villa while playmaker Kevin de Bruyne has yet to train after having Covid-19, manager Pep Guardiola said.
England international Grealish, who joined City in August for a fee of £100 million (S$182.3 million), has missed their last three matches in all competitions because of an unspecified injury.
With Belgian de Bruyne expected to miss the Premier League match at Villa, second-placed City might have to look elsewhere for a creative spark against Steven Gerrard’s side.
“Kevin didn’t train. He’s negative the last test but didn’t train any session. Jack trained yesterday and today will be tested to see if he can travel,” Guardiola told reporters.
“Kevin. needs time to be fit. People with Covid are tired and need time. He needs to be fit to show top form.
“Phil (Foden) and Jack are still in the same situation, maybe tomorrow they can play but not a lot of minutes.
“We’re in a difficult position because players play a lot of minutes. We’ll see what happens after we train.”
Grealish has two goals and three assists in all competitions for City this season and Guardiola backed the 26-year-old to get better as he settles in.
“If you analyse games, he doesn’t play bad. He did well at Villa, his commitment to the club to stay and get promoted,” Guardiola said, referring to the Midlands club’s Championship play-off win in 2018-19 which got them back in the top flight.
“He came back from England (duty) injured. Hopefully he comes back and step-by-step finds his form. We have six seven months ahead of us. I don’t think the best Grealish we’ll see next season, I’m thinking this season.”
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Depuis la reprise post-Covid, de nombreux faits de violence ont été rapportés dans les clubs de football amateur, notamment en Gironde et en Dordogne. Mais comment lutter contre ces agressions ?
Des arbitres roués de coups, des scènes de bagarre générale. ce genre d’évènement n’est plus si rare. Depuis septembre dernier, beaucoup de faits de violence dans des clubs de football amateur ont été mis en lumière.
Violences en série
Comme le jeudi 11 novembre dernier en Dordogne, lors d’un match entre Marsaneix et Périgueux où trois spectateurs ont été agressés :
En Gironde aussi, des cas de violence ont été rapportés. Selon Olivier Somps, président de l’ Union nationale des arbitres français (UNAF) de la Gironde, deux arbitres ont été agressés pendant des rencontres de football amateur.
Le premier a été frappé le 19 septembre lors d’un match entre Beautiran et Floirac. Il a été roué de coups alors qu’il tentait de calmer une bagarre entre les joueurs des deux équipes. “Il est choqué et n’a pas repris l’arbitrage depuis”, déplore Olivier Somps.
Puis lors d’une rencontre en Nationale 3 entre Libourne et Lège Cap-Ferret, le climat de tension était tel que l’arbitre a décidé d’arrêter le match à la 34e minute. Selon Olivier Somps, ce dernier a été pris à la gorge alors qu’il rentrait aux vestiaires.
17 agressions en Gironde
Selon lui, ce problème de violence était déjà présent avant le Covid. D’après les chiffres de l’UNAF, il y a eu 35 agressions en 2019, contre 17 cette année. Alors pourquoi semble-t-il y avoir une flambée des violences dans le sport ? “Comme on les médiatise beaucoup plus, on a l’impression qu’il y a une forte augmentation. En fait il n’y a pas plus d’agressions qu’il y a deux ans.”
À noter que ce constat ne concerne que la Gironde. En Occitanie ou dans le Nord, la tendance peut-être différente, précise le président.
Réagir pour mieux prévenir
Pourtant dans le département, les sanctions se font de plus en plus sévères. Par exemple, un joueur devra payer jusqu’à 100 euros d’amende s’il écope d’un carton rouge délivré pour violence.
Le budget amende-discipline sur le district de la Gironde représente environ 300 000 euros. Ca va du carton jaune jusqu’à l’agression d’un arbitre.
Ce président de club amateur estime aussi que les mauvais comportements peuvent débuter très tôt : “Même chez les plus jeunes on a des agressions verbales. On sait que la violence sur les terrains commence par ça.”
De plus, beaucoup de jeunes prennent exemple sur les joueurs professionnels, qui peuvent avoir des comportements violents. Pour Olivier Somps, président de l’UNAF 33, il faut réagir :
Tant qu’on ne se réunira pas autour d’une table pour travailler sur l’intérêt général et non l’individuel, on n’y arrivera pas. On est en train de tuer le football.
Un travail qui devra aussi se faire auprès des plus jeunes : car ce sont eux qui deviendront les joueurs amateurs de demain.
A group of yobbish Chelsea FC fans were thrown off a train from Leicester to London for intimidating a young female passenger.
The 20-year-old was "frightened beyond belief" during the incident, which involved the men chanting sexual references that she believed were aimed at her.
The woman had found herself in the same carriage as a number of supporters returning to the capital after seeing their team's victory over Leicester City, last weekend.
The incident took place on Saturday evening, (November 20), several hours after the lunchtime fixture at the King Power Stadium, according to a MyLondon report.
The woman managed to record the encounter on her phone, including the moment the fans began singing an offensive chant
Too afraid to film the group directly, a clip of the footage shared on social media show s her pointing the device's camera at her feet instead.
It was her father who decided to share the clip on Twitter.
He also tagged Chelsea's official club account – and that of its women's football team – in the accompanying message.
He claimed the football yobs' chants, which included swearing and sexual references, were aimed at his daughter.
The 25-second clip ends with the men shouting 'We love you Chelsea!'.
Martin Brooks wrote: "So Chelsea FC, this is a train back from Nottingham on Saturday.
"Your 'fans' got on at Leicester and thought this was funny – aimed at my 20-year-old daughter who was sat on her own.
"She was frightened beyond belief and needed police assistance."
The group of Chelsea fans had reportedly boarded the train at Leicester Railway Station shortly after 6pm that evening following their team's 3-0 Premier League victory over the Foxes.
British Transport Police officers boarded the service at Nuneaton station and removed the offending fans from the train.
Despite the men being removed from the train, Mr Brooks later tweeted: “This was a young girl on her own and it would appear no action was taken. Disgraceful.”
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Other social media users expressed their disgust at the fans' behaviour.
@The5herriff said: "BTP need to do more on the rail network on match days. I regularly see appalling behaviour on trains and around stations.
"There should be officers patrolling on trains and trouble makers ejected from them at the next station, then arrested for public order offences."
@TomGaymor wrote: "This is utterly disgusting and frightening in equal measure, I hope your daughter is OK and @BTP officers are looking into this incident."
And @bilebean wrote: "I don’t understand what makes people behave like this. Sadly, football hooliganism seems to be on the rise in general."
MyLondon said it had contacted Chelsea Football Club for a comment.
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Three otters showed up at Geylang ActiveSG Field on Dec. 3 as the Singapore football team was training there.
Footage of the otters gallivanting and running across the field was put up on the Football Association of Singapore Instagram page on Dec. 4.
The short 21-second clip showed at least three adult otters on the pitch.
They appeared unfazed by the floodlights and presence of humans and footballs.
There was a slight commotion audible in the clip, as excited and raised voices and laughter could be heard off-camera.
The otters then ran towards the far end of the pitch before the scene cut off.
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The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) lobbied the Asean Football Federation (AFF) hard in September to be allowed to host the tournament here.
Some 10,000 fans would be allowed to catch games at the 55,000-capacity National Stadium, one of two venues for Suzuki Cup matches.
The 6,000-seater Bishan Stadium will host a maximum of 1,000 fans.
Up to 400 players, coaches and officials from the region are expected to converge for the Suzuki Cup in Singapore.
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Fans are incredibly concerned for the 31-year-old as social media users claim a video shows the American singer being run over by the vehicle.
What happened to SZA? Are the rumours true?
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Did SZA get hit by a train?
SZA has not been hit by a train and is not dead or injured.
The singer is perfectly well, and has posted on her Instagram Story multiple times in the past 24 hours.
All the rumours are false, and she has simply fallen victim to yet another celebrity hoax.
In this instance, people weren’t actually referring to a train, they were talking about something else…
So your telling me SZA got ran over by a train
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The train hoax explained
The SZA hoax claimed that there was a video that showed the singer being ran on by a train. However, this is not true.
There is no SZA train video, and the whole thing is actually a vulgar sex joke.
It was seemingly sparked by a 2020 article which claimed she was ran over by a train before she became famous.
The article discussed beef between SZA and Drake before claiming she was “ran on by a train”.
On the internet, “ran on by a train” doesn’t actually mean someone was in a train accident.
It’s actually a slang phrase that refers to when multiple men have sex with a woman one after the other.
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A number of fans worldwide fell for the nasty hoax and were incredibly concerned about the singer, believing she really got hit by a train.
One person wrote on Twitter: “Just heard sza got a train ran on her. I’m sick broooo not my baby.”
“Why are so many people looking for the video of sza getting ran over by a train. Guys that is so inappropriate requesting a video of someone injured smh… wishing a speedy recovery SZA,” said another.
However, others caught onto it straight away.
A third person added: “Tell me why I thought sza real life got hit by a train yo. My ass real life missed the joke.”
“I don’t care if these sza train rumors are true or not but if they are where do I apply to join this train,” joked another.
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Elijah Moore headlines Jets X-Factor’s top Week 11 waiver wire pickups as fantasy football playoff time nears.
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Elijah Moore makes a return appearance, along with some familiar faces for Jets fans. Let’s move on to Week 11.
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Cam Newton (17% Rostered)
Cam Newton made his return to the NFL and instantly made his presence felt by stopping a skidding Panthers team from taking yet another loss.
He gets to face Ron Rivera in what will be somewhat of a revenge game, and his rushing floor should provide good production as long as he’s the starter.
Tua Tagovailoa (23% Rostered)
Brian Flores announced that Tua Tagovailoa would get the nod against the Jets in Week 11. This could serve as a perfect bounce-back game for the young quarterback, as the Jets defense has had no answers for opponents this season.
He’s a plug-and-play player this week.
D’Onta Foreman (6% Rostered)
With Derrick Henry out, it has been D’Onta Foreman who’s started to carve his role as the lead back with the Tennessee Titans.
Foreman is showing to get it done on the ground and through the air and should continue to see his usage increase. He’s nearing a must-add in all fantasy football formats.
Wayne Gallman Jr (1% Rostered)
With Cordarrelle Patterson hurting and Mike Davis continuing to lose snaps, Gallman is worth a speculative add in fantasy football leagues.
If Patterson can’t go in Week 11, Gallman instantly has flex appeal.
Jeff Wilson Jr (20% Rostered)
Jeff Wilson was activated from the PUP list and instantly was given a role in the San Francisco 49ers offense. Wilson rushed 10 times for only 28 yards, but he was the change of pace back for the 49ers.
His role should continue this way going forward, which makes him an intriguing option.
Elijah Moore (51% Rostered)
Elijah Moore nearly saw his rostership double since last week, but I’ll keep him on this list until he’s no longer able to qualify.
Moore has 10+ fantasy points in each of the last four weeks. In that time, he’s also scored four touchdowns.
The Jets get a Dolphins team this week that allows the sixth-most points for wide receivers in fantasy football, so the rookie should see his number called often.
Darnell Mooney (46% Rostered)
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Mooney had his breakout game in Week 9, scoring two touchdowns. He’s Justin Fields’ favorite target and should continue to be a flex-worthy option going forward.
Robby Anderson (39% Rostered)
With Sam Darnold at quarterback, I would have never thought about putting Robby Anderson on this list. Now that Cam Newton is under center, Anderson could see some spark of life added to his game.
He scored a touchdown in Week 10, and it’s possible he could do it again against a struggling Washington secondary.
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Dan Arnold (27% Rostered)
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Tyler Conklin (30% Rostered)
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He scored two touchdowns in Week 10 and should continue to be a trusted option in the red zone for Kirk Cousins.
As we know, North Wales is perhaps not the centre of the universe when it comes to public transport.
But there are a few different places you can enjoy a game of football by jumping off the train and walking a few hundred steps to the ground.
Here are some of the places you can catch a game without walking for more than ten minutes from the station.
Caergybi FC/Holyhead Town
Both Caergybi and Holyhead Town play at the Millbank playing fields, around a ten-minute walk from the train station and the port of Holyhead. There is a pub nearby called the Chester Inn and there is usually a good crowd at matches for both sides.
Holyhead Hotspur, at present the best side in the port town, play around a mile away at The New Stadium near the Leisure Centre, but that is significantly further away and around a twenty-minute walk.
Llanfairfechan Town FC
Situated right next to the station, Llanfairfechan Town's Recreation Ground is well worth a visit, the club currently play in the fourth tier North Wales Coast East Premier Division and their ground has beautiful views of Ynys Mon and Llandudno. The club usually operates a cafe on matchdays and there are plenty of pubs to choose from in the town.
Penmaenmawr Phoenix FC
Just down the road from Llanfairfechan is the picturesque Cae Sling, home of Penmaenmawr Phoenix FC. The ground is situated alongside the A55 and just a short walk from Penmaenmawr station. Phoenix operate at the same level as rivals Llanfairfechan and the two sides recently played against each other in the league for the first time since 1994. Cae Sling also has a clubhouse with a bar so you can enjoy a pint whilst watching the game and the views.
Llandudno FC/Llandudno Albion FC
Llandudno FC and Llandudno Albion men's teams along with Llandudno FC Ladies all play at Maesdu Park, just a short walk from the station in the town. There are matches there most Saturdays with a good clubhouse and bar available, along with covered seating and standing areas around the ground. There are plenty of watering holes a ten-minute walk away in the town centre and numerous options for food and drink.
Prestatyn Town FC
Prestatyn Town FC's Bastion Gardens is just a ten-minute stroll from the town's train station with plenty of food outlets and pubs nearby. It's a fantastic place to watch a game in warm weather but there's plenty of shelter during the winter months also. Most PTFC fans tend to congregate around the bar behind the goal so there's usually a lively atmosphere, especially at the bigger games.
Flint Town United FC
Cymru Premier side Flint Town United spent a large proportion of the last 20 years playing in the Welsh second tier however, the club have seen a recent upturn in fortunes and are now one of the top teams in Welsh domestic football. The Silkmen have been enjoying large crowds this season and their Cae-y-Castell home, located a stone's throw away from the local station, is a great place to spend an afternoon.
Chirk AAA FC
Chirk AAA FC are situated within a mile of the Wales-England border and boast excellent facilities. The bar, clubhouse and seated stand are some of the finest facilities you'll find outside of the top two tiers of Welsh Football and just a short stroll away from Chirk station which is on the Wrexham to Shrewsbury line. The club honours its past with several pictures and memorabilia and a plaque honouring the legendary former Wales, Manchester United and Manchester City forward Billy Meredith.
Llanrwst United FC
The Ardal Leagues North West side play their home matches at Gwydir Park, just across the bridge from the local station. Llanrwst is situated on the edge of Snowdonia National Park and there are several stunning walking routes nearby. The small Conwy town is just a short train journey from Llandudno Junction on the Conwy Valley line and the town is well serviced, with a good selections of pubs and cafes.
There are a few others of course, with Barmouth and Dyffryn United, Valley, Llanfairpwll, Betws y Coed, Llandudno Junction, Glan Conwy, Ruabon Rovers, Hawarden Rangers and the most obvious one Wrexham AFC all playing near train stations and clubs such as Porthmadog, Pwllheli, Bangor 1876 and CPD Y Rhyl 1879 all just a short taxi ride away from their local railway.
With all these options just a short and relatively cheap train journey away, why not venture out this weekend and enjoy a North Wales football match? I guarantee you'll enjoy it.
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Junior wide receiver Lynel Billups-Williams has been a big-play machine this season for Crete-Monee, consistently producing long touchdown catches.
Billups-Williams continued that trend Saturday during a Class 6A state quarterfinal at Washington, scoring on catches of 62 and 37 yards in the Warriors’ 53-24 win.
Billups-Williams credited his success to the relationship he has with quarterback Joshua Franklin.
“Josh is like my brother,” he said. “We’ve been playing together since we were like 4 years old, so we’ve really always had that connection since Little League football. Coming here, it hasn’t been any different.
“With him being the quarterback and me being a receiver, having that connection really helps a lot. We know what to do and we understand each other.”
Billups-Williams and the host Warriors (9-3) are getting ready for a semifinal showdown at 1 p.m. Saturday against top-seeded East St. Louis (10-2).
The Flyers are led by Missouri recruit Luther Burden, who Rivals.com ranks as the top receiver in the nation for the 2022 class.
Billups-Williams is looking forward to the challenge.
“I’m really excited,” Billups-Williams said. “There’s been a lot of hype going on and I’m just ready to play the game.
“If every one of us does our assignment and our defense is on point and our offense is on point, that will put us in the best possible situation to win.”
Billups-Williams has shown he can make big things happen against top-tier competition. He had an 80-yard TD catch against Joliet Catholic and a 78-yard TD catch against Lincoln-Way East.
“I feel like since I’m fast, that makes it easier for me to make big plays,” he said. “I’m able to do moves to get by people and then it’s hard for them to catch me.”
On the season, Billups-Williams has caught 81 passes for 1,394 yards and 14 TDs. He’s added two rushing TDs, two interceptions as a defensive back, and also has contributed on special teams.
“Lynel is a special football player,” Crete-Monee coach John Konecki said. “We saw that when he was playing in the youth program here. He runs great routes and he has great ball skills.
“One of his great assets is he’s willing to take on a lot of different roles and assignments. He’s really a student of the game on top of his physical attributes.”
Billups-Williams takes the studying part seriously, playing for a team that utilizes a bevy of unique formations and plays.
“You have to put in that time to learn the plays and be ready to execute them,” he said. “Playing in this offense has been super fun. It’s really the most fun I’ve ever had playing football.”
Rolling along: Both receiver/running back Kaleb Brown — an Ohio State recruit — and running back Kyle Clayton have returned from injuries for St. Rita.
Sophomore running backs Ethan Middleton and DJ Stewart made a big difference while Brown and Clayton were out.
The Mustangs (10-2), who host Prospect in a Class 7A semifinal at 6 p.m. Saturday, now have a plethora of playmakers available.
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“We’ve got a lot of weapons,” St. Rita coach Todd Kuska said. “Throughout the year, we’ve been able to develop a variety of guys. Now, we’re getting healthy at the right time.”
Senior quarterback Tommy Ulatowski had a huge game for the Mustangs during a 36-16 quarterfinal win over Rockton Hononegah, throwing four touchdown passes — including three to Brown — and running for another.
“He made some unbelievable throws and runs and they were all timely decisions,” Kuska said of Ulatowski. “Having a guy that’s been there for three years and who has started 20-something games, he knows what it’s all about.”
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DESPERATE Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has called up TWELVE academy and Under-23 stars to train with the first team, according to reports.
The Blues' squad has been decimated by injuries and Covid-related absences and the German has had to turn to their youth ranks to make up the numbers.
Teddy Sharman-Lowe, 18, Josh Brooking, 19, Xavier Mbuyamba, 19, Alfie Gilchrist, 18, Dion Rankine, 19, and Xavier Simons, 18, all trained with the available first team squad players on Monday, according to Football London.
As, reportedly, did Lewis Baker, 26, Lewis Hall, 17, Joe Haigh, 18, Harvey Vale, 18, Bryan Fiabema, 18, and Jay Wareham, 18.
Tuchel was fuming ahead of his side's 0-0 draw at Wolves on Sunday after the club's request to have the game postponed was rejected.
The Blues had SEVEN Covid cases in their squad, with more players testing positive since their 1-1 draw with Everton on Thursday.
But with Chelsea still just about able to name a full team, the Premier League turned down their request to call the game off – despite the obvious safety concerns.
Speaking ahead of the match, Tuchel said: "We are disappointed, we are a bit angry.
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Antonio Conte has been detailing the numbers of Tottenham players back and still to return from their Covid isolation and has put his faith firmly in Harry Kane.
Spurs have had nine first team players, seven members of the coaching staff and many U23 players test positive for Covid in the past fortnight, with three matches being called off since their victory against Norwich earlier this month.
Ahead of Sunday's match against Liverpool, Conte has been explaining the situation with those still to come back and some of those now out of isolation returning to training in phases.
"Today another player [returned to training], but at the start of the week, two players were back also," he said.
"Now we have only two players that are not able and they are positive but we hope in two, three days to solve totally the situation and have the whole squad available."
"Now the situation is good for us because we had 50 per cent of the squad with Covid, and the staff totally. Now we are going out of this situation.
"We have to pay great attention and to continue to have a good behaviour, to be safe and also to make safe our families and all the people who stay with us."
Spurs face one of the league's most in-form teams in Liverpool and while Jurgen Klopp's side have had three Covid cases of their own, the north London side will welcome them without a normal period of training behind them, due to a closed down training ground and travelling for the Leicester match that did not take place.
Conte even admitted that with numbers low he resorted to using mannequins for a period to stand in for the opposition.
"In these two weeks, for three days we didn't have a training session and then we had a training session with only 10, 12 players, also because with the U23 players there was Covid," said the Italian.
"Now for two, three days I have a squad without two, three players. Now we are having full training session but for sure, it wasn't easy to face this situation and to train the players.
"To have 12 players is very difficult. To try something under a tactical aspect, usually if you want to try to play a formation you need 20 players and it's not simple to do this. You have to train with mannequins and I stopped. It's not easy. It's not the same thing."
He added: "Liverpool is one of the best teams in Europe and also in the world for what they are doing and for what Jurgen created in these years.
"They work very well. They really work hard. A strong team. It's very good to watch. It's nice to watch Liverpool games. They play the way that they play, the enthusiasm and the passion they put into every game.
"We must be ready and we know that the game is not simple. We'll face difficulty but we have to know that during the game there are moments we must be ready to suffer. At the same time we have prepared the game to try, when we have the ball, to create problems for Liverpool."
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has been a star again this season with 22 goals in 23 matches, including 15 in 17 games in the Premier League.
However, the man who beat him to the Premier League's Golden Boot last season, Harry Kane – who also won the Playmaker award for the most assists – has just one league goal to his name this time around.
"It's very strange, no? It's very strange. If you compare what he did in the past, this is very strange, but also in the past, in my experience, before as a player and then as a coach, it happens," explained Conte.
"I played with important strikers who, for a long period, didn't score, but my judgement about them didn't change. I wanted to have them in my team also if they don't score, because if you have Harry Kane in your team, you feel stronger, for sure."
He added: "These important games bring excitement about the players, about the whole environment. We know very well the difficulty that we can face to play against Liverpool in this moment but at the same time the players will be excited to play against a strong team.
"Harry is a world-class striker. Every day that I train him I understand very well that he's a world-class striker. He's one of the best I've had the pleasure to train.
"He's amazing. I like to have him in my team. For sure Jurgen likes to have Mo Salah, but I like to have Harry in my team. He's an important player for us and my expectation is very high and to play an important game against Liverpool."
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The topic of vaccinations in football has been on the agenda, particularly with the news that while in Spain 97 per cent of players are vaccinated, the EFL revealed that 25 per cent of Football League players in England have no intention of being vaccinated.
While Conte and his family have all been vaccinated, he does not believe it's something that should be forced upon people.
"It's a difficult question. I think [at Spurs] we have a high number of players with the staff vaccinated, yes," he said.
"To treat someone in a different way is not good in general. The rules that we have are good to keep safe the other players.
"For example, every day we are doing a double test, rapid test, molecular test for us. This could be a good solution to know the situation, the real situation, every day. Both for the players that have been vaccinated and for the players who don't have the vaccine."