New Augsburg FC head coach Heiko Herrlich will miss the Bundesliga restart tomorrow, 16th May, after breaching quarantine rules by leaving the team hotel to buy toothpaste.
The 48-year-old Herrlich was to make his debut as coach after he was appointed in March, before the league was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at a video news conference on Thursday, 14th May, Herrlich said: “I made a mistake by leaving the hotel. Even though I followed all hygiene measures both when I left the hotel and otherwise, I cannot undo this.
“In this situation, I didn’t live up to my position as a role model for my team and the public. I will, therefore, be consistent and stand by my mistake.
“Because of this misconduct, I will not be leading the training tomorrow (Friday) and will not be in charge of the team against Wolfsburg on Saturday.”
Augsburg will host VfL Wolfsburg as the Bundesliga becomes the first of Europe’s major football leagues to resume after the Covid-19 pandemic stoppage.
This is the second case of breaching quarantine rules among the Bundesliga teams. Earlier this month, Hertha Berlin’s Ivorian striker Salomon Kalou was suspended after he filmed himself shaking hands with fellow players.