Joshua Kimmich becomes the latest Bayern Munich star to test positive for Covid
Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich – one of five unvaccinated players at the club whose wages have been docked – has tested positive for Covid-19.
The Germany international, 32, was already in quarantine after coming into contact with a Covid-positive person but now has the virus and will remain in ‘household isolation’.
Along with Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala and Michael Cuisance and Choupo-Moting, the Kimmich club has been told he will not be paid for every match or training day they miss if they self-isolate after all of them refused the vaccine.
Joshua Kimmich has tested positive for coronavirus and must self-isolate
According to the German news channel pictureBayern told the players last week that they would withhold wages if someone missed work because he had not been vaccinated.
The report comes days after Bayern suffered a shocking 2-1 defeat to local rivals Augsburg on Friday, with Kimmich, the midfielder of both Bayern and Germany, missing the match after being forced into quarantine.
Gnabry started that match, with Musiala and Choupo-Moting filling in as substitutes, while Cuisance was an unused substitute.
Kimmich misses 10 days to isolate in one blow for Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann
Those four players were then all quarantined after re-exposure to Covid, hours after reports of pay cuts in Germany emerged.
It meant they all missed out on Tuesday night’s Champions League win over Dynamo Kyiv, leaving Bayern only able to name six substitutes instead of the allowed 12.
They won the match 2-1 after already securing a passage to the knockout round.
Their Bayern teammates Niklas Sule and Josip Stanisic had tested positive for Covid last week, with the club confirming that those two players had been vaccinated.
Tensions are high in Germany with the country in the throes of a fourth wave of cases and many hospitals full. It has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Western Europe, with 68 percent of people fully vaccinated.
Choupo-Moting (left) and Michael Cuisance (right) are not vaccinated against Covid
Bayern’s central defender Niklas Sule gave a positive test result for coronavirus last week
Another Bayern defender, Josip Stanisic, also tested positive for Covid last week
“By the end of this winter, everyone in Germany will be vaccinated, recovered or dead,” Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Monday.
The news of the withheld wages comes less than a week after the five Bayern players were told they would not be allowed to stay in the same hotel as their teammates before a game and would also have to travel separately to the games due to stricter restrictions in the country. experiencing a spike in coronavirus cases.
German news publication kicker report that the five players are annoyed that news of their stalled pay has been publicly leaked.
The damning report also revealed that players’ confidence has been lost, resulting in low team morale.
While the decision to cut wages for the unvaccinated players may have caused concern, former Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge supported the decision.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn warned on Monday that “by the end of this winter everyone in Germany will be vaccinated, recovered or dead” amid the country’s fourth wave.
Traders disassemble figures from their stall at the closed Christmas market in Dresden, Germany
Europe has once again become the epicenter of the pandemic, with the World Health Organization warning that the continent was the only region in the world where deaths had increased as Covid-related deaths rose by five percent last week.
“Everyone has tried to solve the non-vaccination problem and find a solution,” Rummenigge said.
‘That did not work. Maybe it will work now.’
Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has expressed his support for football players who are being stabbed.
The decision not to get vaccinated could stand in the way of Bayern’s title aspirations – the club is the favorite to win the Bundesliga and one of the favorites to become European champions.
Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann has had to miss four previous games after testing positive for Covid earlier in the season.
Bayern told players they will not be paid for every game or training day they miss if they self-isolate after refusing to receive the vaccine when it was offered
“The players who have not been vaccinated understand that the risk of missing matches or training sessions as an unvaccinated is much greater than as a vaccinated,” Nagelsmann said on Thursday.
Kimmich insisted he was not an anti-vaxxer when he revealed he chose not to get the Covid jab last month.
“I’m concerned about the lack of long-term studies,” he said. ‘Of course I am aware of my responsibility. I follow all hygiene measures and get tested every two to three days. Everyone should decide for themselves.’
Friday’s defeat allowed German title rivals Borussia Dortmund to narrow the gap with Bayern at the top of the league table to just one point after beating Stuttgart a day later.
Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann had to miss four games after signing Covid
Bayern have already run out of players and will also be fans for home games. Bavarian state officials are limiting spectator numbers to 25 percent of capacity for all sporting events in an effort to contain rising infections.
Bavaria’s seven-day infection rate per 100,000 people was at 640 Monday, nearly twice the national rate of 386.5 – the highest it has ever been for Germany during the pandemic.
Last week, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Soder said there was no choice but to introduce “a kind of lockdown for the unvaccinated” amid mounting pressure on hospitals and medical staff.
One of these measures is to ban unvaccinated people in Bavaria from visiting restaurants and hotels.
Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soder said there is no choice but to impose restrictions
The only state to do worse than Bavaria is Saxony, which has ruled out fans altogether in a bid to control the outbreak.
No matches have been canceled in the Bundesliga this season, but there are cancellations in the second and third division.
St. Pauli’s game against Sandhausen, Zwickau’s game against Magdeburg and Wurzburger Kickers’ game against Eintracht Braunschweig were all canceled due to outbreaks.