Augsburg coach Heiko Herrlich will miss the restart of the German season on Saturday after he broke strict quarantine rules by leaving the team hotel to buy toothpaste.
Augsburg host Wolfsburg as the Bundesliga becomes the first of Europe’s major leagues to resume since the onset of the coronavirus crisis.
The club said in a statement that, by leaving the hotel, Herrlich had broken rules set up by a German Football League task force.
“I made a mistake by leaving the hotel,” said Herrlich, who was due to coach Augsburg in a match for the first time on Saturday. “Even though I followed all hygiene measures both when I left the hotel and otherwise, I cannot undo this.
“In this situation I did not live up to my role model function towards my team and the public. I will therefore be consistent and stand by my mistake. Because of this mistake I will not lead the training tomorrow and I will not coach the team in the match against Wolfsburg on Saturday.”
Augsburg said Herrlich would have to be tested twice and give negative results each time before he could rejoin the team.
“I had no toothpaste and I went to the supermarket,” said Herrlich, who was appointed Augsburg coach in March, 10 days before the Bundesliga was suspended.
The club said players and staff are being regularly tested for coronavirus and Herrlich will be able to resume training after two negative test results.
Augsburg are 14th in the Bundesliga, five points above the relegation zone.