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Bayern Munich makes shocking decision to punish unvaccinated players

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Five Bayern players are self-isolating due to COVID-19 concerns, with the club making a new decision to punish them.

On Sunday, Bayern Munich announced four players will go into quarantine after having contact with a person who has COVID-19. 

Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting and Michael Cuisance join Kimmich in Bayern’s long list of players who are out due to COVID-19 concerns. Kimmich missed Bayern’s 2-1 defeat against Augsburg after a close contact tested positive.

According to Bild, Bayern have decided to withhold the salaries of non-vaccinated players during their quarantine. The club have reportedly informed the players about their decision on Thursday. 

The German outlet claims Bayern’s unvaccinated players are: Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, and Mickael Cuisance.

For Kimmich, with an estimated annual salary of 20 million euros, this means a loss of 384,000 euros per week. Two weeks of quarantine will result in a 768,000 euros loss.

Kicker claims Bayern are intensifying their efforts to persuade the players to take the jab. However, the club are yet to issue an official statement about the issue.

Former club director Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes Bayern are doing their best to find a rational solution.

“Bayern have tried everything to solve the issue and find a solution, which hasn’t worked,” he told Sky90 on Sunday. 

Asked about the club’s decision to cut the player’s wages he responded: “If the reports are true, it’s a sign that the club is now reacting.”

Bayern will miss key players due to quarantine measures for their upcoming Champions League game. The Bavarians will face Dynamo Kyiv while have already secured their knock-out stage qualification.