Bundesliga: Hertha Berlin sacks Jens Lehmann as advisor for racist empathy

Jens Lehmann was fired for jibing a TV professional’s run through WhatsApp.

Jens Lehmann took over from Jurgen Klinsmann on the supervisory board of Hertha Berlin firstly of Could final yr. AFP

Former Arsenal and Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been faraway from the supervisory board of Bundesliga group Hertha Berlin after jibing a TV professional’s run through WhatsApp, was confirmed on Wednesday.

Lehmann had served on the supervisory board of Hertha Berlin as an advisor to the membership’s major shareholder, Lars Windhorst, boss of Tennor Holding.

“We’ve terminated the consultancy contract with Jens Lehmann. This additionally terminates his exercise on the supervisory board of Hertha Berlin,” stated a spokesperson for Tennor Holding, an AFP subsidiary, SID.

The 51-year-old, a member of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ within the 2003-2004 season, was proven 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 professional within the Champions League semi-finals for Sky on Tuesday and within the WhatsApp message despatched to Aogo, Lehmann requested “Is Dennis actually your token black man?”

Aogo took a screenshot of the publish and posted it to his 81,000 Instagram followers with the caption “WOW, are you critical? @Jenslehmannofficial The publish was in all probability not meant for me !!!”

Earlier than the information of his dismissal at Hertha, Lehmann advised the German every day Bild that he telephoned Aogo to apologize and “requested him for forgiveness if my assertion sounded disrespectful.

“It was not meant in any respect. It was optimistic as a result of he’s competent as a Sky professional and has a really robust demeanor.”

“For the reason that WhatsApp was despatched from my mobile phone, I take duty for it. It was a non-public message.”

Lehmann didn’t say who his message was meant for.

Lehmann took over from Jurgen Klinsmann on the Hertha supervisory board firstly of Could final yr.

Hertha Berlin chairman Werner Gegenbauer welcomed the membership’s choice.

“Hertha Berlin is distancing itself from any type of racism. We due to this fact welcome the step taken by Tennor Holding,” he stated.

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