Hertha Berlin dismiss Jens Lehmann as advisor for racist jibe-Sports activities Information , Novi Reporter
Jens Lehmann was dismissed for making a jibe a couple of TV pundit’s race by way of WhatsApp.
Former Arsenal and Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been dismissed from the supervisory board of Bundesliga aspect Hertha Berlin after making a jibe a couple of TV pundit’s race by way of WhatsApp, it was confirmed Wednesday.
Lehmann had sat on the Hertha Berlin supervisory board as an adviser to the membership’s main shareholder Lars Windhorst, boss of Tennor Holding.
“We have now terminated the consultancy contract with Jens Lehmann. This additionally ends his exercise on the supervisory board of Hertha Berlin,” a Tennor Holding spokesman advised AFP subsidiary SID.
The 51-year-old, a member of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ within the 2003–04 season, was proven the door by Hertha after inadvertently sending a WhatsApp message to former Germany defender Dennis Aogo, whose father is Nigerian.
The 34-year-old Aogo appeared as a pundit through the Champions League semi-finals for Sky on Tuesday and within the WhatsApp message despatched to Aogo, Lehmann requested “Is Dennis truly your token black man?”
Aogo took a display screen shot of the message and posted to his 81,000 followers on Instagram with the caption “WOW, are you critical? @jenslehmannofficial The message was in all probability not meant for me!!!”
Earlier than information of his dismissal at Hertha, Lehmann advised German day by day Bild that he phoned Aogo to apologise and “requested his forgiveness if my assertion got here throughout as disrespectful.
“It wasn’t meant that means in any respect. It was constructive, as a result of he’s competent as a Sky skilled and has a really robust manner.
“Because the WhatsApp was despatched from my cell phone, I take accountability for it. It was a non-public message.”
Lehmann didn’t say who his message was meant for.
Lehmann succeeded Jurgen Klinsmann on Hertha’s supervisory board in early Might final 12 months.
Hertha Berlin president Werner Gegenbauer welcomed the membership’s determination.
“Hertha Berlin distances itself from any type of racism. We subsequently welcome the step taken by Tennor Holding,” he stated.
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