Bayern Munich have reportedly docked the wages of their five unvaccinated players after they were forced to quarantine due to coming into contact with someone who has Covid.
Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, Jamal Musiala, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting and Michael Cuisance have all been told by the German club that they will not be paid for every game or day of training they miss when self-isolating after they all refused to get the vaccine.
According to German news outlet Bild, Bayern told the players last week that they would be withholding pay if anyone missed work due to being unvaccinated.
The news comes less than a week after the five were told that they have been banned from staying in the same hotel as their team-mates ahead of a match and must travel to games separately too due to tightening restrictions in the country, which is experiencing a spike in coronavirus cases.
German news publication Kicker are reporting that the five players are irritated that the news their wages have taken hit has been leaked publicly.
The damning report also revealed that there has been a loss of trust from the players with team morale low as a result.
While the decision to dock the unvaccinated players’ wages may have caused unrest, Bayern’s former CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge supported the decision.
‘Everyone has tried to sort out the non-vaccination issue and find a solution,’ Rummenigge said.
‘That didn’t work out. Maybe it will work now.’
Bayern’s sporting director Board Hasan Salihamidzic has been vocal in his support of footballers being jabbed.
Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting (left) and Michael Cuisance (right) are unvaccinated against Covid
The Athletic are claiming that some players have accepted the decision to dock players’ wages, while others are said to be considering legal action.
The decision not to get vaccinated could hinder Bayern’s title aspirations, with the club the favourites to win the Bundesliga each season while they are on of the sides that are tipped to become European champions each year.
It comes days after Bayern suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of local rivals Augsburg on Friday, which saw key man Kimmich miss the encounter after he was forced to quarantine.
Friday’s defeat threw a spanner in the works when it came to the German league title, after it allowed title rivals Borussia Dortmund to close the gap to them to just a point after they beat Stuttgart a day later.
Bayern told the players that they will not be paid for every game or day of training they miss when self-isolating after they all refused to get the vaccine when it was offered
Already down players, Bayern will be down fans for home games, too. Bavarian state officials are capping spectator numbers at 25 per cent of capacity for all sporting events in a bid to get rising infections under control.
Bavaria’s seven-day rate of infections per 100,000 people was at 640 on Monday, almost two times worse than the national rate of 386.5 – which is the highest it’s ever been for Germany so far in the pandemic.
Last week, Minister President of Bavaria Markus Soder said there was no choice but to implement a ‘a kind of lockdown for the unvaccinated’ due to the increasing pressure on hospitals and medical staff.
One of these measures includes unvaccinated people in Bavaria being banned from visiting restaurants and hotels.
Minister President of Bavaria Markus Soder said there no choice but to impose restrictions
The only state doing worse than Bavaria is Saxony, which has excluded fans altogether in a bid to control the outbreak.
No games have been called off in the Bundesliga yet this season, but there have been cancellations in the second and third divisions.
St. Pauli’s game against Sandhausen, Zwickau’s match against Magdeburg, and Wurzburger Kickers’ game versus Eintracht Braunschweig were all called off because of outbreaks.