Jens Lehmann is embroiled in a racism storm in Germany after showing to unintentionally textual content Sky Sport pundit Dennis Aogo asking if he was the corporate’s ‘token black man’.
Germany and Arsenal legend Lehmann, who himself is now a tv pundit, has been sacked from his position on Hertha Berlin’s board after Aogo posted a screenshot of the textual content to Instagram.
In what seems to be a message mistakenly despatched to Aogo, Lehmann – translated actually – says: ‘Is Dennis really your “black” one?’, following it with a laughing emoji.
Dennis Aogo posted a screenshot of a message Jens Lehmann despatched to him on WhatsApp
Footballer-turned-TV pundit Lehmann has since been sacked from Hertha Berlin’s board
Lehmann has since taken to Twitter to apologise for the message he despatched to Aogo on WhatsApp
Aogo posted a screenshot to his Instagram story shortly after, alongside the caption: ‘WOW… The message was in all probability not meant for me!!!’
Lehmann despatched his WhatsApp shortly after Aogo had come off air, having offered punditry for Manchester Metropolis‘s Champions League win over PSG for German TV community Sky Sport.
He’s now set to face loads of backlash as followers urge numerous firms to chop ties with the 51-year-old, and Hertha Berlin have turn into the primary to distance themselves from the ex-goalkeeper.
Aogo, pictured taking part in for Stuttgart in 2019, has 12 caps for the Germany nationwide staff
Aogo (pictured left for Hannover and proper together with his spouse Ina in December) now works as a tv pundit for Sky Sport in Germany
‘The advisor contract with Mr. Lehmann can be terminated. This eliminates the posting to Hertha’s supervisory board, ‘ mentioned spokesman Andreas Fritzenkötter from Tennor Holding to Sky, whereas an announcement added: ‘Hertha BSC distances itself from racism.’
Lehmann has since come out to concern each a private and non-private apology to Aogo, posting to his Twitter account: ‘In a personal message from my mobile phone to Dennis Aogo, an impression was created for which I apologized in dialog with Dennis.
‘As a former nationwide participant he’s very educated and has an amazing presence and brings odds at Sky.’
Lehmann is a part of Arsenal’s Invincibles facet of 2003-04, who went unbeaten for a complete Premier League marketing campaign below the stewardship of Arsene Wenger.
Lehmann is a part of Arsenal’s Invincibles facet, who gained the title below Arsene Wenger in 03-04
Lehmann performed for Arsenal between 2003 and 2008 earlier than returning for an additional 12 months in 2011
The goalkeeper performed for the Gunners for 5 years between 2003 and 2008, earlier than returning for a second spell in 2011 earlier than he hung up his boots.
He has 61 Germany caps and has since tried his hand at teaching, appearing and punditry in his post-playing profession.
Aogo, in the meantime, is one in every of German TV’s latest pundits having solely retired from taking part in in August final 12 months.
He completed his profession with Hannover within the second tier, and has since taken up a punditry position with Sky Sport.
On Tuesday evening, for the Man Metropolis-PSG recreation, he was within the studio alongside presenter Michael Leopold and Liverpool legend Didi Hamann.