Former Arsenal and Germany keeper Jens Lehmann has been sacked from his position on Hertha Berlin’s board after sending a Whatsapp message to pundit Dennis Aogo calling him a “quota black man”.
Aogo, who works for Sky in Germany, posted a screenshot of the message from Lehmann on Instagram and wrote: “Wow you are critical? The message was most likely not for me.”
Lehman has apologised and mentioned he meant that, as ex-Germany defender Aogo was “very educated”, he had helped enhance the “quota”.
Nevertheless, Tennor Holding, the funding group that Lehmann represented on the supervisory board of Bundesliga membership Hertha, reportedly said the 51-year-old’s “contract can be terminated with quick impact”.
Hertha Berlin membership president Werner Gegenbauer mentioned: “Such statements are by no means consultant of the values that Hertha BSC stands for.
“We distance ourselves from all types of racism and welcome the motion taken by Tennor Holding.”
Aogo, 34, performed for Hamburg and Stuttgart amongst others and earned 12 caps for Germany. He retired from enjoying in August final yr.
Lehmann made 200 appearances in two stints at Arsenal earlier than retiring in 2011.