May 31, 2021 – Matthijs de Ligt found himself in the eye of a storm of criticism on Friday after he indicated in an interview that he did not want to be vaccinated against the corona virus. On Saturday he returned to that statement: as soon as possible, he will take the shot. In an interview in the Monday edition of Faithful 21-year-old De Ligt explains why he initially stated that he did not want the vaccine and made a U-turn less than a day later.
De Ligt told the camera on Friday ESPN that he was one of the players of the Dutch national team who chose not to be vaccinated against the corona virus. “It is not mandatory. I think you should be in charge of your own body. The risk of infection is always there. I try to come into contact with as few people as possible outside the Dutch national team”, he said.
Meanwhile, the Juventus player has seen the interview again. “It was not a well-considered opinion. We as players could all have ourselves vaccinated in Zeist on Wednesday, but I was not around. I was with family that day, with my grandmother in Heeze. I just wanted to wait with the vaccination until I reached my age. the turn was “, he now says in the above-mentioned newspaper.
“I hadn’t really thought about it yet”, the 26-time Orange-international continues. “As a football player you always live in a bubble. I was not ready to decide on it. Then my words were blown up. I understand that, because there is a discussion going on. That is why I thought it was good to give real opinion. “
De Ligt’s statement was all the more striking because he lives in badly affected northern Italy and his father is a pharmacist. “Yes, but I didn’t talk about it with him. I now know: you don’t just take the vaccine for yourself, you also do it for the people around you. That’s why I want it so that we can have more freedom again. get our lives. And I can’t imagine that I will suddenly get corona for a very important match of the Dutch national team. “
De Ligt has noticed in recent days that he is under a magnifying glass. “I am used to it a bit. You now notice that the European Championship is coming. For us it is now important that we remain united, with everything that happens around us. We should not be guided by peripheral issues. But I would not be honest if I say that it does not affect me at all, what all those other national coaches in the Netherlands think of us. “