The former coach of Werder Bremen Markus Anfang did not get vaccinated against the corona virus even after the scandal surrounding his fake vaccination card.

“My health situation does not make it easy for me to be vaccinated.

I'm scared," said the 47-year-old of "Bild am Sonntag".

“Everyone has their own personal story.

I've already had myocarditis myself and I'm very afraid of this vaccination," said Beginning on ZDF's "Aktuelle Sportstudio".

"I'm fighting against my fears."

His father had to be revived several times in the stadium in 2019 after a heart attack.

"I experienced that first hand, it does something to you." That's why he still didn't get vaccinated: "No one can take my fear away." But he is currently in contact with several doctors and is looking for a solution.

In November, investigations into the use of a fake vaccination card were launched against the football coach.

Beginning then resigned in Bremen.

The judgment of the Bremen district court became final on Friday: The trainer let his objection period expire and now has to pay a fine of 36,000 euros, he is not considered a criminal record.

In addition, the German Football Association (DFB) had sentenced the beginning to a fine of 20,000 euros.

In addition, he is banned for one year retrospectively from November 2021.

Beginning June 10 of this year, the ban will be suspended until June 30, 2023. Beginning says he regrets using the forged document: “I lied.

And I want to apologize for that.”

The reason was that he wanted to keep his job as a coach despite his fear of vaccination.

“The ID card itself was not important to me.

I wanted to remain a coach, the thing didn't interest me," said the former Bundesliga professional of "Bild".

"I committed a crime, but I can say that I'm not a criminal in principle," he said on ZDF.

Beginning described the fact that he still celebrated carnival with the fake vaccination card in November as a “huge mistake”.

"The 2G plus rules applied that day, but I didn't behave correctly.

I was trapped in the lie and couldn't get out," he said.

He hopes that he still has a future in the football business.

"Of course you want a person to get a second chance, but I can't wait for that." The initial ban will be suspended on probation from June 10 - then he could theoretically work as a coach for a club again.

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