Football powerhouse FC Bayern Munich have deducted the wages of Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and two others for refusing to take the COVID-19 jabs.

The other vaccine resistors are Jamal Musiala and Michael Cuisance.

According to DW, the five unvaccinated players are being forced to miss matches and training under Germany’s new tough Covid restrictions.

Bayern have told the five players they will not be paid for every game or training they miss when self-isolating after they all refused to get the vaccine.

According to German news outlet Bild, Bayern told the players last week that they would be withholding pay if anyone missed work due to being unvaccinated.

The report came days after Bayern suffered shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of the rivals Augsburg on Friday, which saw Kimmich, the vital midfielder for both Bayern and Germany, miss the encounter after being forced to quarantine.

Serge Gnabry started that match, while teenage Musiala and Choupo-Moting came on as substitutes, while Cuisance was unused substitute.

Soon after the match, the four players were all then placed into quarantine following new exposure to covid, hours after the reports about pay cuts emerged in Germany.

Bayern pair Niklas Sule and Josip Stanisic had tested positive for Covid last week, with the club confirming that the two players were vaccinated.