The Bundesliga finally gets underway again this weekend after a gap of more than two months, becoming the first major league in Europe to do so. However, one man who will miss the party is Augsburg head coach Heiko Herrlich. He will not be able to take his place on the bench for his side’s home game against Wolfsburg on Saturday, after breaking quarantine laws which have been imposed on German clubs as one of the preconditions for a return to action.
Herrlich fell foul of the rules after running out of toothpaste at the hotel where the team were in isolation in accordance with the health protocols agreed with the German football league (Dfl) and the relevant government authorities. He left the hotel to go and buy some toothpaste at a local supermarket where he was subsequently spotted by eagle-eyed customers and reported to the authorities. Even though he followed appropriate hygiene procedures before, during and after his brief trip, he will now have to undergo a spell in quarantine.
Herrlich will now have to go into quarantine and will not be able to take training again with the team until he has returned two consecutive negative coronavirus test results.
The 48 year old has admitted his mistake, and acknowledged that he should have taken more seriously his responsibilities as a role model for the Bavarian team and its players.
Saturday’s match was due to be Herrlich’s first match in charge of Augsburg. The 48 year old was only appointed to the job on March 10 th , after previous incumbent Martin Schmidt was sacked at the beginning of that month after presiding over a run that saw his side win just one game in eight matches.
Before Herrlich could fully take up his duties though, the coronavirus outbreak caused the season in Germany to be suspended. Augsburg are currently 14 th in the league, five points above the drop zone, but like nearly everybody else around the world, Herrlich will be forced to watch Saturday’s match on television.