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Meat ban! Make the England squad vegan, says former Everton player

June 17, 2014

HEALTH: Neil became a veggie at 13 for ethical reasons [PH]

HEALTH: Neil became a veggie at 13 for ethical reasons [PH]

Source Daily Star
By Sarah Barns

During the 2010 World Cup England footballers were put on a sex ban to improve their performance. Now vegan former player Neil Robinson thinks they should be put on a meat-free diet to help up their game.

The world’s first footballer to play professionally while on a vegan diet thinks the England team could be “excelling” if they followed his dietary lead.Ex-Everton and Swansea City player Neil Robinson claims that our World Cup team could stay even fitter and stronger on an exclusively plant-based diet.

Neil, who has been touring Britain and sharing the benefits of following such a diet, believes being a vegan improves fitness.“Over the past year, I’ve been speaking about a vegan plant-exclusive lifestyle and have been doing live demonstrations of my muscle and strength-building smoothies, which are not only nutrient-dense but also extremely tasty,” he said.

“I think that the World Cup team would get great benefit from adopting this kind of diet.”

Rooney, Gerrard and co currently follow a diet rich in chicken, fish and pasta.

Neil was born in Liverpool and holds the record of being the player born closest to Everton’s home stadium Goodison Park.He became veggie at age 13 for ethical reasons, and four years later signed as a professional footballer for his beloved Everton.

After moving to Swansea City FC in 1980, Neil extended his moral stance for animals by becoming vegan.

Neil was the first player to demonstrate that a vegan diet could be highly beneficial for professional football players at all levels.

He retired from professional football in 1990 and stayed vegetarian and then vegan throughout his entire professional playing career.

Neil will be appearing at VegfestUK London. See

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meat belongs on
living bones,
not on our plates.
animals agree
and their lives
cannot wait!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Emy Will permalink
    June 17, 2014 11:53 am

    Fantastic idea ❤
    I was wondering if any football players followed a vegan diet? I am a LFBC fan so it is good that Neil comes from Liverpool, even though he played for the opposition. We need more sportsmen to endorse a vegan diet!

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 17, 2014 4:33 pm

      I completely agree! There are some American football players (the American version, lol) who are vegan, too. But that would be AMAZING if they all went vegan. A lot actually hunt during the off-season. 😦

      Liked by 1 person

  2. June 17, 2014 2:00 pm

    That’s a great idea!!!! Since too many people looks at the sportsmen as idols… they could be an excellent example for everybody…

    Liked by 2 people

    • Emy Will permalink
      June 17, 2014 11:51 pm

      So true, Giovannoni Claudine. Sadly us “normal” folk aren’t taken seriously. It is the celebrities who are often the role models. Many are BAD role models when it comes to animal well being.

      Liked by 1 person

    • June 18, 2014 11:39 am

      I completely agree!


  3. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    June 20, 2014 1:21 pm

    meat belongs on
    living bones,
    not on our plates.
    animals agree
    and their lives
    cannot wait!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

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