Former Arsenal and Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was dismissed from the supervisory board of Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin after jibing a TV expert’s run via WhatsApp, a we confirmed on Wednesday.
Lehmann had served on the supervisory board of Hertha Berlin as an advisor to the club’s main shareholder, Lars Windhorst, boss of Tennor Holding.
“We have terminated the consultancy contract with Jens Lehmann. It also puts an end to his activity on the supervisory board of Hertha Berlin, ”said a spokesperson for Tennor Holding, an AFP subsidiary, SID.
The 51-year-old, a member of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ in the 2003-2004 season, was shown the door by Hertha after inadvertently sending a WhatsApp message to former German defender Dennis Aogo, whose father is Nigerian.
Aogo, 34, appeared as an expert in the Champions League semi-finals for Sky on Tuesday and in the WhatsApp message sent to Aogo, Lehmann asked, “Is Dennis really your token black man?” “
Aogo took a screenshot of the post and posted it to his 81,000 Instagram followers with the caption “WOW, are you serious? @Jenslehmannofficial The message was probably not intended for me !!! “
Before the news of his dismissal from Hertha, Lehmann told the German daily Bild that he telephoned Aogo to apologize and “asked his forgiveness if my statement seemed disrespectful.
“It wasn’t intended at all. It was positive because he is competent as a Sky expert and has a very strong demeanor. “
“Since the WhatsApp was sent from my cell phone, I take responsibility for it. It was a private message. “
Lehmann did not say who his message was intended for.
Lehmann took over from Jurgen Klinsmann on the Hertha supervisory board at the beginning of May last year.
Hertha Berlin chairman Werner Gegenbauer welcomed the club’s decision.
“Hertha Berlin distances itself from all forms of racism. We therefore welcome the action taken by Tennor Holding, ”he said.
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