Lehmann banned for three games

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Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been handed a three-match ban after a late red card against Mainz.

Experienced keeper suspended after controversial incident

Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been handed a three-match ban after a late red card against Mainz. The former Germany and Arsenal keeper stamped on Aristide Bance's foot to give away an 86th minute penalty which Eugen Polanski dispatched to deny Stuttgart their first win in nine league games. Goalkeeper Sven Ulreich will take Lehmann's place while he is banned for the Bundesliga games against Hoffenheim, Wolfsburg and Bochum. Lehmann appeared to lash out at Bance in revenge for an earlier foul, and when he was shown the red card by referee Wolfgang Stark he fled the stadium in rage and confronted a fan outside the ground. Television cameras showed a clearly incensed Lehmann pull the fan's glasses from his face and he refused to give them back until the fan pleaded for their return. Then after leaving the ground, he called for a taxi before then deciding to get on the team bus. However, he did not remain on the bus for long as he had a change of heart and took a taxi to Frankfurt airport before catching a flight home to Munich. The 40-year-old last week refused to pay a club fine of €40,000 after a separate incident when he criticised the Stuttgart officials for sacking coach Markus Babbel. Stuttgart are currently 15th in the league table and Babbel was dismissed in what Lehmann believed was a blatant act by the board to appease the fans at the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion. An MRI scan also revealed that Lehmann suffered a ligament strain against Mainz and he may have missed the upcoming games even if he was not facing a suspension.

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