Corentin Tolisso missed out of the Bayern squad that thrashed Hoffenheim 4-1 at the Allianz Arena.
|Corentin Tolisso.||Photo: Sven Mandel / CC-BY-SA-4.0|
As Bayern Munich clashed against 1899 TSG Hoffenheim and went on to take revenge in an exact repeat of their 4-1 drubbing earlier this season, one player was notably absent from the Bayern squad. Corentin Tolisso.
The reason for his exclusion has surfaced now. Bayern dropped the midfielder after he breached Covid-19 regulations set by Bundesliga, in order to get a tattoo. Certain health measures have been set by the German football league in order to curb the spread of increasing coronavirus cases in the country. Tolisso was seen on social media in a video of him being tattooed and the club was quick to take action.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge released an official statement citing the clear breach by the 26-year-old, saying: "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 despite the fact that the club leadership has clearly communicated those rules with the team. This is frustrating and will not be tolerated."
The midfielder himself did not wait to apologize, issuing a public apology for breaking the set rules –
I hereby want to apologize for my misconduct.— Corentin Tolisso (@CorentinTolisso) January 30, 2021
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!
Coach Flick also spoke about the incident after the 4-1 win over Hoffenheim: “This is an absolute no go for us. He is very sorry, it happened, it cannot be undone."
It remains to be seen whether Hansi Flick will recall the French attacker for the club’s away clash in Berlin against Hertha this weekend.