Bayern Munich have imposed salary cuts on five of their unvaccinated players, who have been forced to self-quarantine after coming into contact with someone with COVID-19.
Former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich and three others have been told by Bayern that for every day they were to self-isolate their pay would be reduced due to their refusal to be vaccinated against the virus.
Bayern players – who suffered a shock defeat to Augsburg on their last outing – were told last week that the club would refuse to pay anyone missing training or games due to their non-vaccination.
Alongside Gnabry and Kimmich who did not receive their first dose of the vaccine are German prodigy and former England youth player Jamal Musiala, former Stoke City striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and the 22-year-old Frenchman. Michael Cuisance.
With the five players refusing to be vaccinated so far, tension could rise within the club, which is far from ideal given their aspirations in the Bundesliga and Champions League.
The news was reported by German media outlet Bild, with the Kicker publication reporting that the five players were angered that the club’s decision to impose a fine on the players had been publicly disclosed.
The report was so damning that it revealed that there was a loss of confidence from the players and that the atmosphere in the team had been affected.
Despite the anger of the players, the club’s former CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, backed the decision to suspend the salaries of the players.
“Everyone has been trying to sort out the non-vaccination problem and find a solution,” Rummenigge said.
” It did not work. Maybe it will work now.
Bayern sporting director, board Hasan Salihamidzic, has expressed support for footballers getting bitten.
However, The Athletic’s reaction to the club’s move has been mixed and while some have accepted it, others are considering legal action.
It has even been claimed that Bild had been warned by someone at the club – a claim Bayern refute.
Whether this is true or not, it could have the desired effect if the wage tie-up means players will bow to their employers and get vaccinated.