“Wow, are you serious? – Ex-Arsenal Lehmann goalkeeper in storm of racism after WhatsApp was sent to Aogo – fr

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“Wow, are you serious? – Ex-Arsenal Lehmann goalkeeper in storm of racism after WhatsApp was sent to Aogo – fr



The Germany international apologized to his compatriot after sending him a racially-oriented message

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann faces racism charges after calling Dennis Aogo a “symbolic black” in a WhatsApp text message.
Former Hamburg and Schalke left-back Aogo has been an expert for Sky Germany since hanging up his boots last year, and was back in the studio to cover the Champions League semi-final game Manchester City with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

Aogo revealed after the match, which City won 2-0 to advance to the final, that he had received an offensive message from Lehmann regarding the color of his skin which was intended for someone else.

What happened?

Aogo, who won 12 caps for Germany at the height of his career, posted a screenshot of Lehmann’s text on his Instagram story, which read, “Is Dennis really your token black man? “

The 34-year-old also tagged his compatriot in the post with the caption: “WOW, are you serious? This message was not supposed to reach me, I guess. “

Hertha BSC has since announced that Lehmann will no longer be on the Bundesliga club’s supervisory board.

President Werner Gegenbauer said: “Such statements in no way correspond to the values ​​that Hertha BSC actively defends and defends. Hertha BSC stands out from all forms of racism. “

Lehmann’s apology

Lehmann issued a private apology to Aogo before attempting to clarify his comments in an interview with a German publication PHOTO Wednesday morning.

“I’ve already spoken to Dennis on the phone and asked him to forgive me if my statement sounded disrespectful,” he said.

“It wasn’t intended that way at all, but in a positive way. As a Sky expert, he is knowledgeable and very strong in his appearance. And therefore also increases the quota.

“That’s what I wanted to say, but I was unhappy to say it. Since the WhatsApp is out of my phone, I take responsibility for it. It was a private message. “

Lehmann’s playing career

Lehmann has established himself as one of the best German goalkeepers of his generation during his 24-year career in European football, taking spells at Schalke, Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and Stuttgart.

He won seven trophies in total, including a Premier League title with the Gunners, and was also part of their legendary 2003-04 Invincibles squad.

Lehmann also made 61 appearances for his country, winning a second-place medal at the 2002 World Cup and the 2008 European Championship.

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