Bremen, Germany (AP) – Werder Bremen coach Marcus Anfang and his assistant left the club on Saturday over investigations into whether they used fake certificates of vaccination against the coronavirus.
Bremen managing director Frank Baumann said Anfang and Florian Jung “are taking responsibility and helping to end the unrest that has arisen around the club and the team over the past few days.”
The Bremen prosecutors’ office is investigating claims that both coaches used fake coronavirus vaccine documentation. Second-division Bremen said on Friday that Anfang had denied any wrongdoing.
“I received both my vaccinations at an official vaccination center and have received documents to prove it,” Anfang said in a statement to the club. I sincerely hope that this matter will be resolved soon.
On Saturday, ahead of the team’s game against Schalke, Anfang told Bremen that he was leaving “due to the extremely stressful situation for the club, the team, my family and himself”.
Many restaurants or other public places in Germany require vaccination or proof of recent recovery from virus infection, depending on state regulations.
Anfang took over as Bremen coach in June after the club was relegated from the Bundesliga after 40 years in the top division. Bremen are eighth in the second division table.
Danziel Zenkovic was to take over as assistant coach for the game against Schalke.
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