Unvaccinated Hertha Berlin stars will be made to pay for their own Covid-19 tests from now on if they are to continue playing in the Bundesliga without having the inoculating jabs.
Each of the 18 sides have to test their players twice a week, with a PCR test costing 70 euros in Germany, with the league percentage of vaccinations sitting at 82 per cent.
While Hertha's side are 90 per cent covered according to technical director Fredi Bobic, they appear to have run out of patience with those who have opted out.
Those who have not been vaccinated are tested more often at the club, up to six times a week, and had been racking up far more expenses before the recent decision.
"We have a vaccination rate of more than 90 per cent. That is without any form of coercion, but by conviction," Bobic told Bild newspaper in Germany.
Adding: "They have to pay for those costs from now on. Until recently, the club paid for those tests.
"The costs for the players in question can rise to around 1600 euros per month."
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Earlier this year, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said that footballers can be role models by getting their vaccinations done.
“We don’t want to push our way at all, but footballers could make a contribution to society as role models,” Rummenigge said.
Adding: “If, for example, a FC Bayern player gets vaccinated, trust in the population grows.
"As a former footballer, I know what the body means for an athlete: Everything! We don’t want to push our way at all, but footballers could make a contribution to society as role models."
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