Matthijs de Ligt, a Juventus center-back, felt compelled to state that he is "totally in favor of the COVID-19 vaccine and will take it as soon as feasible."
When the Netherland international informed ESPN.nl that he would not be getting vaccinated ahead of
, he sparked outrage.
"I have not taken a vaccination, it is not mandatory," the defender said.
"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."
De Ligt, on the other hand, does not need to get the vaccination because he got the virus in January and so has antibodies.
"In my recent interview, I was not clear with my response," wrote De Ligt on Twitter and Instagram Stories.
"In order to clear any doubts: I am absolutely in favour of the COVID-19 vaccination and will take it as soon as possible."
It's possible that giving him the vaccination within six months after contracting the Coronavirus might be ineffective or even harmful.