The boss of Augsburg, Heiko Herrlich, will be absent on Saturday from his return to the Bundesliga after leaving the hotel’s quarantine to buy toothpaste and skin cream.
Herrlich – a former Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund striker – was only appointed boss of Augsburg in March, but is no longer allowed to return to the group of players and staff in quarantine until he has recorded two negative points. coronavirus tests.
The German Football Association has ordered all teams to stay together in a close environment while being regularly tested to ensure that their attempts to restart the league season go off smoothly.
Herrlich admitted the mistake to club officials after making an unexpected exit from the hotel, and is now staying away from Saturday’s game, which would have been his first club manager.
“I made a mistake when leaving the hotel,” said Herrlich in a statement by the Augsburg website Thursday evening.
“Even if I followed all the hygienic measures when leaving the hotel and otherwise, I cannot cancel this.
“In this situation, I could not serve as a model for my team and the public.
“So I will be consistent and will maintain my mistake. Because of this fault, I will not lead training tomorrow and I will not lead the team against Wolfsburg on Saturday.”
All eyes will be on the Bundesliga this weekend when it becomes the first major European league to return in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
No fan will be present for any match, the Borussia Dortmund derby with Schalke being considered the highlight of the weekend.