Head coach of Bundesliga side, Augsburg, was looking forward to his first game in charge of the club, until he needed to buy toothpaste and body cream.
Heiko Herrlich breached the strict Coronavirus quarantine rules just less than 72 hours to his very first game in-charge of the Swabian Bavarian side.
At today’s FC Augsburg press conference before the game against VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday (3:30 p.m.), coach Heiko Herrlich reported that he had briefly left the team hotel
In doing so, he violated the quarantine rules of the hygiene concept that the German Football League had developed through the task force in order to be able to resume play. – The club’s official statement read.
Herrlich admitted to leaving the hotel where the team is based, because he needed to buy toothpaste and body cream at a nearby supermarket.
“I have made a mistake by leaving the hotel” said the Augsburg manager.
In his statement on Thursday, the 48 year-old sounded remorseful for his actions and for letting his side down by not leading by example.
In this situation, i did not act as a role model for my team and to the public, even though i followed all hygiene measures before i left the hotel and otherwise. I cannot undo this.
Because of this misconduct, i will not be leading the team’s training (on Friday), and will not be in-charge on Saturday against Wolfsburg.
Herrlich will be isolated away from his side until he tests negative twice for Coronavirus – as with health guidelines laid down for football teams.
Heiko Herrlich will not support the team on Saturday due to a violation of the COVID protocol.
He regrets his mistake. In the next few days more corona tests will be carried out. After two negative test results, Heiko Herrlich will resume training at FC Augsburg. pic.twitter.com/RHII5uXVEj
— FC Augsburg (@FCA_World) May 14, 2020
His assistant and former Arsenal goalkeeper, Jens Lehman will oversee affairs in the team, pending Herrlich’s return.