Werder Bremen coach quits over claims of fake vaccine certificate


Werder Bremen coach Markus Anfang and his assistant left the club on Saturday after investigating whether they used fake vaccination certificates against coronavirus

Bremen Managing Director Frank Baumann said Anfang and Florian Junge “are taking responsibility and helping to end the turmoil around the club and team in the past few days.”

The Bremen prosecutor’s office is examining allegations that both coaches used fake documents for the coronavirus vaccine. Werder Bremen said Friday that Anfang has denied any wrongdoing.

“I received both vaccinations at an official vaccination center and received documents to prove it,” the club said in a statement. “I really hope that this issue will be cleared up soon.”

On Saturday, before the team’s game with Schalke, Anfang told Bremen that he was leaving “due to an extremely stressful situation for the club, the team, my family and me”.

Proof of vaccination or recent recovery from a viral infection is required in Germany to visit many restaurants or other public places, depending on state regulations.

Anfang took over as Bremen manager in June after the club was eliminated from the Bundesliga after 40 years in the top flight. Werder Bremen are eighth in the second division table.

Assistant coach Daniel Zenkovic was to take responsibility for the game against Schalke.


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