Augsburg head coach Heiko Herrlich will miss the restart of the Bundesliga after breaking quarantine rules when leaving the team hotel to buy toothpaste.
Herrlich, whose side facing Wolfsburg on Saturday, said at a press conference on Thursday that he had visited a store, breaking the rules of the league.
The teams preparing to restart the German league this weekend remain in quarantine.
“I made a mistake when I left the hotel,” he said later in a statement.
Herrlich, 48, was appointed on March 10 and the home game with Wolfsburg was to be his first manager.
“Even though I have followed all the hygiene measures both when leaving the hotel and otherwise, I cannot undo that,” he said. “In this situation, I couldn’t serve as a role model for my team and the public.
“I will therefore be consistent and will maintain my error. Due to this fault, I will not conduct the training [on Friday] and will not be in charge of the team against Wolfsburg on Saturday. “
Speaking at a video press conference earlier, he said: “I don’t have toothpaste and then I went to a supermarket. “
The club said players and staff are regularly tested for coronavirus and Herrlich will be able to resume training after two negative test results.
Augsburg is 14th in the Bundesliga, five points above the relegation zone.