Augsburg new boss Heiko Herrlich banned from Bundesliga return after breaking Quarantine rules

Heiko Herrlich is sitting at a press conference in the WWK-Arena. Herrlich was introduced as the new head coach of the Bundesliga soccer team FC Augsburg.

Augsburg welcome Wolfsburg on Saturday as the Bundesliga returns to action but their new manager Heiko Herrlich will not be present after he has banned for breaking coronavirus quarantine rules.

Augsburg coach Heiko Herrlich will miss his side's Bundesliga return this weekend after breaking quarantine rules.

Herrlich has been banned after admitting that he left the team hotel briefly to visit a supermarket in search of toothpaste and skin cream.

And he is now not permitted to return to the quarantined group of players and staff until he has registered two negative coronavirus tests.

Herrlich - a former forward for Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund - was only appointed as Augsburg boss in March.

Augsburg are set to welcome Wolfsburg to the Augsburg Arena on Saturday afternoon as the German top flight gets back underway.

The German Football Association have ordered all teams to stay together in a close environment while being regularly tested to ensure that their attempts at restarting the league season go ahead smoothly.

Herrlich admitted his mistake to club officials after making the unscheduled exit from the hotel, and is now staying away from Saturday's game, which would have been his first in charge of the club.

"I made a mistake by leaving the hotel," said Herrlich in a statement released by the Augsburg website on Thursday evening.

"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.”

The Bundesliga will become the first major European league to return to action since all football was postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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