Former Werder Bremen Manager Banned For Using Fake Covid Pass

Werder Bremen

A former Werder Bremen manager has been banned from football for a year after using a fake Covid-19 vaccination certificate.

Markus Anfang was banned for one year and fined 20,000 euros (£16,700), while former assistant Florian Junge, 36, was banned for 10 months and fined 3,000 euros (£2,500) after confessing to the charges.

47-year-old Anfang had originally denied the charges and left Werder Bremen, who sit in the second-tier of German football following relegation after many years in the Bundesliga.

The former midfielder only managed the club between July 1st and November 20th, winning five games out of 14 with Junge as his assistant.

However, both men went on to confessed that they obtained fake vaccination cards last summer to avoid regular testing.

A statement from DFB, the German Football Association, said they had violated their positions.

“Through their actions, Markus Anfang and Florian Junge have violated their role model positions as coaches to a considerable extent.”

The statement went on to say, however, that the bans are partly probationary due to both men confessing, and that they may be able to return to coaching for the 2022-23 season.

Markus Anfang has managed Werder Bremen, Koln, Darmstadt 98 and Holstein Kiel, having had a lengthy playing career in Germany which included spells at Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke and Kaiserslautern among others.