Augsburg manager Heiko Herrlich to miss Bundesliga restart after breaking isolation protocol to buy toothpaste

Match against Wolfsburg on Saturday was to be his first in charge

Heiko Herrlich was set to begin his managerial stint at Augsburg on Saturday. Getty
Heiko Herrlich was set to begin his managerial stint at Augsburg on Saturday. Getty

FC Augsburg manager Heiko Herrlich will not be present for his side's return to Bundesliga against Wolfsburg on Saturday after violating coronavirus protocols.

Herrlich, who was preparing for his first game in charge, admitted to leaving the club's hotel on Thursday, reportedly to buy toothpaste and face cream.

Herrlich will now be tested again in the next few days and will not be allowed to return to training until he receives two negative results.

The 48-year-old said on the club's website: "I made a mistake by leaving the hotel. Even if I have followed all hygiene measures both when leaving the hotel and otherwise, I cannot undo this.

"In this situation, I was not able to act 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 and will not be in charge of the team against Wolfsburg on Saturday."

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Herrlich took over in March following the departure of Martin Schmidt, but did not take charge of a game before the league's suspension.

That hiatus comes to an end on Friday, where five substitutes per team will be permitted, with the German Football League (DFL) also confirming match venues can be changed at short notice.

An extraordinary general meeting was held via video conference on Thursday, when the 36 clubs of the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga spoke about the impact of Covid-19.

The league statute was changed so that the DFL committee can, if need be, extend the season beyond June 30 and determine the beginning of the 2020/21 season, as well as transfer windows within Fifa's framework.

A system to decide the final standings is being developed over the coming fortnight, while matches can be moved to other venues for the remainder of the season due to Covid-19.

Published: May 15, 2020 09:40 AM

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