Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich was the subject of a minor social media controversy after the Bavarians’ stunning exit in the DFB-Pokal at the hands of third-tier FC Saarbrücken on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old Bayern captain took heat after he was seen apparently declining a jersey request from a Saarbrücken youth player who had served as ballboy for the match.
However, the player — 17-year-old Vakkas Sahan — explained to Tz that he was not in fact refused by Kimmich.
“My phone has been vibrating and I got sent videos all the time. It’s crazy how the situation has been portrayed. It wasn’t like that at all – and I don’t want Kimmich to have to suffer because of it,” Sahan said in comments captured by Tz journalist Philipp Kessler (via @iMiaSanMia). “I went over to him and asked him for his shirt because I like him as a footballer. He said he’d give it to me in the dressing room. As a youth player, unfortunately I wasn’t allowed into the dressing room. Such a great player was put in a bad light — people just don’t know what really happened. I wanted to straighten things out, so I tried to contact him. I then got in touch with his management through his homepage.”
According to Tz, Sahan will be getting his shirt after all.
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