Four more Bayern players in isolation amid pay cuts report

Four more Bayern players in isolation amid pay cuts report

Four further Bayern Munich players have joined midfielder Joshua Kimmich in isolation amid a report that the Bundesliga champions are not paying unvaccinated players during such quarantine periods.

Bayern said that Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Michael Cuisance “have gone into quarantine following consultation with the health authorities.

“They came into contact with someone in the immediate circle of the FC Bayern team who tested positive for coronavirus.”

Citing team sources, the Bild paper said earlier in the day 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 a fifth Bayern player is not vaccinated.

It said that Bayern 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 while former Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge named the decision – if true – “a signal that the club is reacting now.”

Kimmich, Gnabry, Musiala and 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 defeat at Augsburg on Friday and he will also be absent from the Champions League trip to Dynamo Kiev, just like the four others of whom Musiala, Gnabry and Choupo-Moting played in Augsburg and Cuisance was an unused sub.

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.

“He won’t like that,” Rummenigge said in the direction of Kimmich in connection with the possible pay cuts.

Rummenigge said such pay cuts must also be seen in a general financial context, with Munich facing less income in at least the next three home games because they can only fill the stadium to 25 per cent of its capacity, owing to Bavarian pandemic rules.

The ex-boss named Kimmich a responsible person in general but warned that the debate was harming the club.

“It’s a debate that is slowly becoming annoying for the club. Everyone has tried to clear up the non-vaccination issue or to find a solution. That has not been successful to date, Rummenigge said.

“Corona is occupying the whole club and the team.”

Coach Julian Nagelsmann did not want to blame the Augsburg defeat on Kimmich’s absence, saying the squad has debth and Kimmich could have also been injured, but Rummenigge was not quite so sure.

“No club on earth can replace players like Joshua Kimmich,” Rummenigge said.