Werder coach Anfang quits over vaccine certificate investigation

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BERLIN, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Werder Bremen coach Markus Anfang stop on Saturday after German authorities started to analyze the authenticity of his COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

Anfang, who on Friday denied utilizing a faux certificate, mentioned he was resigning for the nice of the membership and the crew. His assistant coach Florian Junge additionally stepped down.

“I decided to terminate my role as head coach at Werder with immediate effect given the burdensome situation for the club, the team, my family and me personally,” Anfang mentioned in a membership assertion.

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Werder, enjoying in Germany’s second division this season, had mentioned on Friday an investigation was beneath approach over the coach’s vaccination certificate, with Anfang saying he had performed nothing unsuitable and that he had been vaccinated twice at an official vaccination centre.

He mentioned he had then digitised his vaccination certificate at a pharmacy.

“Markus and Florian show responsibility with this decision and contribute to ending the turmoil of the last days surrounding the team,” mentioned Werder managing director Frank Baumann.

“We respect this decision and will start the search for a new head coach.”

The vaccination of gamers and crew employees has been a difficulty for months in German soccer.

Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich has triggered a heated public dialogue as probably the most high-profile participant to refuse inoculation, with the Germany worldwide citing issues over the long-term results of the vaccine.

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Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Hugh Lawson

Soccer Football - Werder Bremen present new coach Markus Anfang - Weser-Stadion, Bremen, Germany - June 6, 2021 Werder Bremen's new coach Markus Anfang during his presentation Pool via REUTERS/Carmen Jaspersen

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