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Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller respects decision of Joshua Kimmich to hold off on vaccination

Thomas Müller won’t rush in to pile on Joshua Kimmich.

FC Bayern München v TSG Hoffenheim - Bundesliga Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

As one of the team’s most vocal and impactful players, Bayern Munich star Thomas Müller had to know that he was going to field a question about Joshua Kimmich during the postgame media circus.

With Kimmich not being vaccinated, a cloud of controversy has floated over Bayern Munich, but Müller did his best to diffuse the situation.

“As a friend, that’s a perfectly acceptable decision. Everyone should decide for themselves. As a teammate, considering what’s better for everyone, at least the scientific opinion and also my opinion is that vaccination would be better,” Müller told Sky (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia. “Me, personally, I’m a friend of vaccination. I hope the players who have not yet been vaccinated will change their minds. Ultimately, we all want to get out of this corona phase. As far as I know, vaccination is the best way for that. Nevertheless, we have to try to respect that (Kimmich’s decision). It’s a fine line, an ethical or a moral discussion — the decision is understandable from a human point of view.”

While Kimmich’s name was leaked as one of Bayern Munich’s players not vaccinated, the other four member of the squad remain anonymous.