Bayern Munich fined and dropped Corentin Tolisso for breaking Covid-19 rules to get a tattoo.
Tolisso was left out of Bayern’s squad for the 4-1 triumph over Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga on Saturday following the incident.
Club officials were left furious after the 26-year-old posted a video of him being tattooed on Instagram in clear breach of the health measures set out by the league to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has released an official statement criticizing Tolisso’s actions, which reads: “We are happy that despite the current situation Bundesliga matches can be played.
A condition for that is that players, coaches and staff stick to the health rules set out.
“Corentin Tolisso has now broken these rules even though the club management has notified the rules to the team. This is frustrating and will not be tolerated.”
Head coach Hansi Flick affirm after the win against Hoffenheim: “This is an absolute no go for us. He is very sorry, it happened, it cannot be undone.”
I hereby want to apologize for my misconduct.
I am sorry to have disobeyed the regulations of my club and the DFL. I know that I have disappointed our Fans and FC Bayern Munich. I am sorry!
— Corentin Tolisso (@CorentinTolisso) January 30, 2021
Tolisso has since issued a public apology for violating Covid-19 protocols, he wrote on Twitter: “I hereby want to apologise for my misconduct. I am sorry to have disobeyed the regulations of my club and the DFL. I know that I have disappointed our fans and FC Bayern Munich. I am sorry!”
The French midfielder had played in 18 matches in all competitions for Bayern so far this season, scoring twice, but it remains to be seen whether he will be recalled to Flick’s first team on Friday.
The Bundesliga leaders, who stretched their lead at the top of the standings to seven points after their latest victory, will travel to Hertha Berlin at the end of the week as their title defence continues.
Meanwhile, Bayern will then turn their attention to the FIFA Club World Cup, as the reigning European champions set to kick off their campaign in Qatar at the semi-final phase on February 8.
They face the winners of the clash between African champions Al-Ahly and Qatari club Al-Duhail, while they could play newly-crowned Copa Libertadores winners Palmeiras in the final.