Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been sacked from Hertha Berlin’s supervisory board after calling German television specialist Dennis Aogo “symbolic black” in a WhatsApp message.
Lehmann, 51, who played for the Gunners from 2003 to 2008 as well as a brief stint in 2011, and represented Germany 61 times, apologized on social media to Aogo, a former Hamburg player and from Schalke who now works for Sky Sports in Germany.
“In a private message from my cell phone to Dennis Aogo, an impression was created for which I apologized in a conversation with Dennis,” he wrote. “As a former national team player he is very competent and has a great presence.
Hertha said Lehmann would no longer have a role with them. “Such statements in no way correspond to the values for which Hertha BSC actively defends and campaigns,” said club president Werner Gegenbauer. “We are moving away from all forms of racism.”
Meanwhile, Welsh international rabbi Matondo has revealed he has been the victim of racist abuse online, shortly after the social media boycott was lifted. The 20-year-old, loaned to Stoke by Schalke, had received racist comments. Matondo wrote on Twitter: “It’s good to see that the boycott hasn’t changed anything on Instagram. “
Beside the text were two examples of abuse he had received since the end of the weekend boycott by players, clubs and governing bodies in a range of sports on Monday night. A spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said: “The abuse sent to Rabbi Matondo is unacceptable. We don’t want it on Instagram, and we quickly deleted the accounts that sent it. “
Swansea forward Morgan Whittaker was targeted in the boycott. His club held their own weeklong social media blackout in early April, which Birmingham joined.