Bayern Munch cut salaries of unvaccinated players, with ex-Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry and Joshua Kimmich among five players in COVID-19 quarantine

Bayern Munich have imposed salary cuts to five of their unvaccinated players, who have been forced to quarantine after coming in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich and three others were told by Bayern that for each day they have to self isolate, they would have their wages docked because of their refusal to receive a vaccination against the virus.

Gnabry’s (L) and Kimmich’s (R) future could be uncertain now over their apparent fury over the leaking of the news
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Bayern players – who suffered a shock defeat to Augsburg in their last outing – were told last week that the club would withhold pay from anyone missing training or games due to being unvaccinated.

Alongside Gnabry and Kimmich to have not received their first dose of the vaccine is German wonderkid and ex-England youth player Jamal Musiala, ex-Stoke City striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and 22-year-old Frenchman Michael Cuisance.

With the five players so far refusing to be vaccinated, tension could rise within the club which is far from ideal given their Bundesliga and Champions League aspirations.

The news was broken by German outlet Bild, with publication Kicker reporting the five players were irritated that the club’s decision to fine the players was leaked publicly.

The report was so damming it revealed that there was a loss of trust from the players and that the atmosphere in the team had been affected.

Bayern Munich star Kimmich was reportedly irked that the news had been leaked
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Despite the players’ anger, the club’s former CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge supported the decision to dock the players’ salaries.

“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.

However, The Athletic claim reaction to the club’s ruling has been mixed and, while some have accepted it, others are considering legal action.

It has even been claimed that Bild were tipped off by someone from within the club – a claim Bayern refute.

Whether true or not, it could have the desired effect if docking wages means players will bow to their employers and get the vaccination.