Werder Bremen relegated from the 1st Bundesliga last season and is currently struggling to return to the elite. The team, however, was left without a coach. Markus Anfang has resigned after being accused of falsifying a COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
In recent days, the topic of the coronavirus has once again been firmly present in German football. Joshua Kimmich, who refused to undergo the vaccination, had to go to quarantine twice – first he left the German national team, and then the match between Bayern Munich and Augsburg.
Now, across our western border, however, a loud scandal broke out involving one of the coaches. Markus Anfang has decided to step down as coach of Werder Bremen.
On Thursday, it was revealed that the prosecutor’s office had dealt with the 47-year-old. It turned out that he was supposed to fake the COVID-19 vaccination certificate, and in fact not to accept the preparation.
His assistant also heard similar accusations. At first, Anfang did not plead guilty and assured himself that he had nothing to accuse himself of. Soon after, however, on Saturday morning, he ceased to function as he had been so far.
– Werder Bremen head coach Markus Anfang and his assistant Florian Junge quit their positions on Saturday morning with immediate effect. The reason for this decision is a prosecution investigation into the coaches and the ensuing unrest around the club – we read in the announcement from Werderu.
– Due to the extreme stress the club was facing, the team, my family and I decided to step down immediately. I asked the management of the club to terminate my contract Anfang said.