Berlin (dpa) – National player Ilkay Gündogan expects his DFB colleague Joshua Kimmich to overcome doubts about a corona vaccination.
“I believe that the time will come when Jo will be vaccinated. He deliberately did not rule that out for the future,” said Gündogan in an interview with the editorial network in Germany. The debate about the unvaccinated Bayern professional Kimmich had recently caused a sensation, and according to Gündogan, the topic was also discussed in the national team.
The Manchester City midfielder assured him that he had been vaccinated. “Everyone has to look in the mirror for themselves and answer for themselves whether they have done everything to protect themselves and their loved ones as best as possible. Because there is no compulsory vaccination, everyone has a choice,” said the 31-year-old.
Against compulsory vaccination for footballers
Gündogan, who had been infected with the corona virus in the previous year, emphasized that he himself would not actively approach teammates when it came to vaccination. “But I remember talking to some of the other players after my illness and reporting on my very personal experiences. I’m a very tolerant person, respect other opinions and therefore don’t want to judge,” said Gündogan.
Gündogan considers compulsory vaccination for footballers to be wrong. “The fact is that there are still a lot of people in society who are not vaccinated and have the right to do so. Why should this be done differently in football? Footballers are part of society,” he said. However, Gündogan admitted that further measures should be considered if the corona situation does not improve.