Toothpaste trip sidelines Augsburg coach from Bundesliga restart

SEDAN: Augsburg coach Heiko Herrlich will have to sit outside Bundesliga resume this weekend after breaking the quarantine rules to go buy a tube of toothpaste.

The 48-year-old Herrlich was to have made his debut as coach of the top flight strugglers in Saturday's game with Wolfsburg after a two-month wait when the sport was closed due to the coronavirus.

I made a mistake when leaving the hotel, admitted Herrlich, who said he went to a supermarket to buy toothpaste and skin cream.

In this situation, I was not living up to my position as a role model for my team and the public.

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Herrlich, who underwent treatment for a brain tumor in 2000, admitted: I am a risk patient, to be precise.

He added: I made a mistake when leaving the hotel. Even if I have followed all the hygiene measures when leaving the hotel or not, I cannot undo this.

Because of this misconduct, I will not be leading the training tomorrow (Friday) and will not be in charge of the team against Wolfsburg on Saturday.

The former Germany international took over from Martin Schmidt earlier in his year, and signed an agreement until 2022.

Augsburg are just five points clear of the relegation play-off spot.

Former Dortmund striker Herrlich previously coached Bayer Leverkusen from 2017-18.