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Augsburg’s new coach to miss restart after lockdown breach

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10 March 2020, Bavaria, Augsburg: 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. Photo: Stefan Puchner/dpa - IMPORTANT NOTE: In accordance with the regulations of the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga and the DFB Deutscher Fußball-Bund, it is prohibited to exploit or have exploited in the stadium and/or from the game taken photographs in the form of sequence images and/or video-like photo series. (Photo by Stefan Puchner/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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New Augsburg head coach Heiko Herrlich will miss the Bundesliga restart for a breach of lockdown rules because, get this, he had to buy some toothpaste.

“I have no toothpaste and then I went to a supermarket,” Augsburg boss Herrlich said at a video news conference.

That’s right folks, Herrlich left the team hotel where all players and staff have to quarantine ahead of the game under strict medical protocols and he will not take training and will not be coaching Augsburg against Wolfsburg on Saturday.

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Herrlich has yet to manage Augsburg for a game as he only took charge on March 10 and the league was suspended a few days later due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Even though I have followed all hygiene measures both when leaving the hotel and otherwise, I cannot undo this,” Herrlich said. “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 [on Friday] and will not be in charge of the team against Wolfsburg on Saturday.”

Herrlich it totally owning this. He made a mistake and this was a poor decision. Did he just simply forget about the new rules and walk out of the hotel and to a nearby supermarket to buy toothpaste? Why didn’t they have toothpaste for him at the hotel? Why couldn’t he borrow toothpaste from another coach or a player?

Augsburg sit five points above the Bundesliga relegation play off place and when Herrlich returns he will lead the Bavarian club to plenty of games against the teams around them at the bottom of the table.

If fans were allowed into stadiums, you better believed they would be waving giant inflatable toothbrushes at the Augsburg coach for the rest of the Bundesliga season.

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