David Cotterill slammed for linking Enock Mwepu’s heart issue to Covid vaccine

David Cotterill has been widely criticized after suggesting the hereditary heart issue that has caused Enock Mwepu’s early retirement was caused by the Covid vaccine.

The Brighton midfielder announced on Monday he has been forced to end his playing career at the age of 24 after being diagnosed with a condition that put him ‘at extremely high risk of a cardiac event.’

Cotterill commented on a post announcing the retirement by saying ‘so sad. And we all know what the cause is,’ a veiled reference to conspiracy theories about side effects of the coronavirus vaccine.

Fans were quick to share their outrage at Cotterill’s Mwepu comments, with one labeling it ‘this week’s episode of David Cotterill has gone mental’.

Another said someone should ‘explain what hereditary means’ to the former Birmingham star, while he was also labeled ‘a tool’ and ‘deluded.’

Brighton midfielder Enock Mwepu was forced to retire from football on Monday

Brighton midfielder Enock Mwepu was forced to retire from football on Monday

The 24-year-old has been diagnosed with a heart condition that makes playing dangerous

The 24-year-old has been diagnosed with a heart condition that makes playing dangerous

The 24-year-old has been diagnosed with a heart condition that makes playing dangerous

David Cotterill commented 'we all know what the cause is', a reference to vaccine conspiracies

David Cotterill commented 'we all know what the cause is', a reference to vaccine conspiracies

David Cotterill commented ‘we all know what the cause is’, a reference to vaccine conspiracies

Cotterill seemed to relish in the negative attention, and posted an Instagram story of his angry DMs with the caption ‘how’s everyone’s DMs this morning, all good?’

The former Wales international has expressed his aversion to the vaccine before, and tweeted last week saying: ‘You remember when the unvaccinated were warned that if they didn’t get the vaccine they would be in hospitals fighting for their lives?

I haven’t been vaccinated but not dead or fighting for my life! Anyone else?’

Cotterill, who now plays for Welsh side Newtown, has come under criticism in the past for his pedaling of conspiracy theories.

Cotterill has often used his platform on twitter to peddle various conspiracy theories

Cotterill has often used his platform on twitter to peddle various conspiracy theories

Cotterill has often used his platform on twitter to peddle various conspiracy theories

As for Mwepu, the Zambia international, who had made 27 appearances for Brighton after arriving at the club from Red Bull Salzburg for around £18m in July 2021, was taken ill while on a flight to join up with his national team during the recent international break

After spending time in hospital in Mali, Mwepu returned to Brighton to undergo further tests, which picked up the heart condition.

Brighton said Mwepu ‘has been advised that the only option, for the sake of his own safety, is for him to stop playing football’.

He released a statement, which read: ‘A boy from a small Zambian township called Chambishi has some news to share.

Mwepu released a statement thanking Brighton for their support and vowing to stay in football

Mwepu released a statement thanking Brighton for their support and vowing to stay in football

Mwepu released a statement thanking Brighton for their support and vowing to stay in football

He stood strong to follow his dream of playing football at the highest level, and by the grace of God he achieved his dream by reaching the Premier League.

Some dreams however come to an end, so it is with sadness that I announce the need to hang up my boots because of the medical advice I have received.

‘This is however not the end of my involvement with football, I plan to stay involved in some capacity.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that supported me in my football journey, including my wife and family, my agent 12MAN, the Zambian FA, all my previous clubs, team-mates and coaches, and especially everyone at Brighton and Hove Albion.’


David Cotterill has been widely criticized after suggesting the hereditary heart issue that has caused Enock Mwepu’s early retirement was caused by the Covid vaccine. The Brighton midfielder announced on Monday he has been forced to end his playing career at the age of 24 after being diagnosed with a condition that put him ‘at…

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