In November 2021, Markus Anfang caused a real scandal! The then coach of Werder Bremen forged his vaccination card – for fear of the vaccination. In addition, he feared losing his job. Because as a contact person with infected people, he would have had to go into quarantine constantly. But that wasn’t the only fear. In an interview with the picture he emphasized at the time: “I’m afraid because I’ve had heart muscle inflammation myself. And my father fell down with a heart attack in the stadium in Duisburg in 2019 and had to be revived nine times. I’ve seen it firsthand, it does something to you,” said Beginning.
In any case, his time on the Weser was over. The association separated with immediate effect from the beginning. But the coach didn’t just lose his job. He was also sentenced to a fine of 36,000 euros by a district court in Bremen. The coach has since apologized publicly. Even without him, Werder Bremen managed to get promoted back to the Bundesliga. In any case, Bremen Managing Director Frank Baumann accepted the apology and said that Beginning had its share. But the ex-Werder coach remained modest. In the “Sport1 Doppelpass” to the 2nd Bundesliga he said: “That was the merit of Ole Werner and Patrick Kohlmann. I took on a difficult situation in Bremen: in the second division for the first time in 40 years. It wasn’t easy, my hardest task so far.”
The response to his remorseful appearance in the “ZDF Sportstudio” at the beginning of March resulted in only positive feedback. “I’ve only had positive messages throughout. It was one of the most instructive times I’ve been through. I’ve just had a lot of encouragement from football and a lot of respect for me for having the balls to come out in public. My lawyer didn’t want it, but it was important to me that I apologize to the fans and Werder Bremen Beginning isn’t sad that he wasn’t at the championship celebration. Rather, he was happy for his ex-club. “It’s my own fault that I’m not there,” admitted Beginning.
In addition to his sentence, Beginning was also banned from working until November 2023. However, Beginning will be on probation from June 10, 2022. This means that you can work as a coach again from the beginning of the coming season. So there already seems to be initial talks with clubs. “I’ve had conversations. I have to decide for myself and my family what I do and how I do what. You can’t plan everything in football. That’s why you can’t plan your job – especially as a coach. I take it all in my stride,” said Anfang.