Muller: I’d miss on purpose if Bayern got a penalty like Fortuna’s

Thomas Muller
Thomas Muller

Thomas Muller says he would deliberately miss a penalty if Bayern Munich were awarded one like Fortuna Dusseldorf’s in their Bundesliga clash on Sunday.

SINGAPORE – JULY 26: Thomas Muller #25 of FC Bayern Muenchen smiles during a training session of International Champions Cup training session at National Stadium on July 26, 2017 in Singapore. (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images for ICC)

Bayern were 3-0 up thanks to a brace from Kingsley Coman and a Serge Gnabry strike when Mats Hummels was penalised for handball inside the area following a VAR review.

Substitute Dodi Lukebakio stroked home the resulting spot-kick in the 89th minute, but Muller insists he would have purposely missed had the Bavarian giants been awarded a penalty in the same circumstances.

“Of course, the ball clearly hits the hand. I don’t know how the rest of Germany sees it, but as a striker I would not want a penalty like that for us. I would deliberately miss it,” he told Sky.

Thomas Muller

Fortuna coach Friedhelm Funkel, however, disagreed with Muller’s assessment.

He said: “We have had to accept a penalty for less, so it was a crystal-clear penalty for me, which of course does not change the deserved victory for Bayern Munich.”

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