Thursday December 09, 2021

Pay cuts for Kimmich, other unvaccinated Bayern players

Published : 22 Nov 2021, 00:09

  DF News Desk

Joshua Kimmich arrives at the Ritz-Carlton in Wolfburg before the World Cup qualification match against Liechtenstein. File Photo: Swen Pförtner/dpa.

Unvaccinated Bayern Munich players such as Joshua Kimmich won't be paid their salary during coronavirus quarantine periods, reported dpa, quoting the Bild paper on Sunday.

Citing team sources, the paper said that Bayern bosses summoned the four players who had to quarantine recently to a meeting on Thursday and told them they would retroactively not be paid.

The report said that the Bundesliga champions are also mulling further sanctions, such as having unvaccinated players train on their own, as they aim to mount pressure on players to get the jab.

Bayern did not want to comment on the report Sunday.

Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting all had to quarantine as close contacts after Munich team-mate Niklas Suele tested positive two weeks ago, making Kimmich, Musiala and Gnabry miss two Germany World Cup qualifiers.

Kimmich, who has confirmed in public that he hasn't received the jab, is in isolation again after a person in his private sphere tested positive.

That made him miss Bayern's league match at Augsburg on Friday and he will also be absent from the Champions League trip to Dynamo Kiev.

Vaccination is not mandatory for German footballers but the debate has gained momentum since Kimmich's statements and amid fast rising infection numbers in the country. A number of politicians are calling for mandatory jabs for players.