Former Germany international goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been fired by Hertha BSC’s investors TENNOR Holding as their representative on the clubs board.
Lehmann, who has had his brush with scandals due to dubious statements or opinions, send a Whatsapp message to pundit Dennis Aogo calling him a “quota black guy”.
Aogo, who works for Sky in Germany, posted a screenshot of the message from Lehmann on Instagram and wrote: “Wow you’re serious? The message was probably not for me.”
Lehman has apologised and said he meant that, as ex-Germany defender Aogo was “very knowledgeable”, he had helped increase the “quota”.
However, Tennor Holding, the investment group that Lehmann represented on the supervisory board of Bundesliga club Hertha, reportedly said the 51-year-old’s “contract will be terminated with immediate effect”.
Hertha BSC president Werner Gegenbauer statement on Jens Lehmann read:
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.
ℹ️ Club president Werner #Gegenbauer on #Lehmann: “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.” pic.twitter.com/1fG5XxC7H4
— Hertha Berlin (@HerthaBSC_EN) May 5, 2021