Bayern Munich has decided to reduce the salaries of footballers not vaccinated against Covid-19 and placed in solitary confinement, such as Joshua Kimmich, who was quarantined after coming into contact with infected people. The German weekly Bild am Sonntag writes it. Kimmich, 26, was placed in solitary confinement for the second time on Friday due to new exposure to the Coronavirus.
Covid in Serie A, two players from Roma and one from Napoli positive in the rapid swab test
He had just come out of quarantine on Tuesday after making contact with teammate Niklas Suele, who tested positive last week. Bayern officials have informed Kimmich and four teammates that their salaries will be reduced if placed in solitary confinement, according to the German weekly.
*** Subscribe to the Special Coronavirus Newsletter
Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Michael Cuisance are other Bavarian players who have not received any vaccine, according to Bild. Bayern, who were defeated on Friday – without Kimmich – in Augsburg (2-1) in advance of the 12th matchday of the Bundesliga, declined to comment. The case of the German international Kimmich (64 appearances), who chose not to be vaccinated for “personal reasons”, sparked the debate in Germany, in the face of a new wave of Covid-19 epidemic.
Infection rates this week hit record highs, as the percentage of people vaccinated is less than 70%. The German regional governments of Bavaria and Saxony, among the most affected by the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic, announced on Friday the cancellation of all Christmas markets, as well as other restrictions.
On Thursday, a meeting of the Crisis Committee confronted the outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of the Regions, who have decided in particular to apply the ‘2G’ rule throughout the territory, as soon as the admission threshold will exceed three Covid patients every 100,000 inhabitants. This rule allows only vaccinated and cured people to access public places such as restaurants, cinemas, concert halls or sporting events.