Jens Lehmann Loses His Job After Making A Racist Remark To Dennis Aogo.
Jens Lehmann, a former Arsenal goalkeeper, has been dismissed from Hertha Berlin’s supervisory board after referring to German television pundit Dennis Aogo in a WhatsApp message as “a token black guy.”
Lehmann seems to accidentally send a message to former German international Dennis Aogo which read: “Is Dennis actually your Quotenschwarzer(token black guy)?”
Aogo shared a screenshot of the message on Instagram with the caption: “Wow, are you serious? This message was probably not meant for me.”
Hertha Berlin fired Lehmann on Wednesday, May 5, in a statement released by the president of the club, Werner Gegenbauer.
The statement reads:
“Such statements are in no way representative of the values that Hertha BSC stands for. We distance ourselves from all forms of racism and welcome the action taken by TENNOR Holding.”
The 51-year-old, who represented Germany 61 times and played for the Gunners from 2003 to 2008, apologised to Aogo, a former Hamburg and Schalke player who now works for Sky Sports in Germany, via social media.
“In a private message from my mobile phone to Dennis Aogo, an impression was created for which I apologised in conversation with Dennis. As a former national player he is very knowledgeable and has a great presence and drives ratings to Sky.”