A German football coach was banned from football for one year and fined 20,000 euros ($22,564) on Wednesday after admitting using false documents to claim he had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Markus Anfang

Markus afang

Markus Anfang was sacked by second division team Werder Bremen last November after it was revealed that he and his assistant coach, who was also sacked, used fake credentials.

The scam also tried to trick local health officials into avoiding quarantine as a case of contact.

Former start-up assistant Florian Junge was also banned for 10 months by the German Football Association and fined 3,000 euros

As both admit, their dismissal is partly due to the probationary period so that they can train for the next season.

In the summer of 2021, novices and children were given fake vaccination card that mistakenly identified as “coronavirus double immunizations,” according to the DFB