Jens Lehmann: Hertha Berlin sack former Arsenal goalkeeper for racist WhatsApp message

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann fired from consultancy role with Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin over message sent to Sky pundit Dennis Aogo; message was made public by Aogo prior to Manchester City-Paris Saint-Germain match coverage; Lehmann says he has apologised to Aogo

Jens Lehmann has been removed from his consultancy role on Hertha Berlin's board
Image: Jens Lehmann has been removed from his consultancy role on Hertha Berlin's board

Jens Lehmann has been sacked by Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin after a racist WhatsApp message to ex-professional Dennis Aogo was made public.

Aogo, who won 12 Germany caps, has worked as a pundit for Sky Germany following his retirement from playing in the summer and posted a screenshot of the message sent to him by Lehmann prior to Tuesday night's Champions League semi-final between Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

Lehmann has since apologised to Aogo and wrote on Twitter: "A private message sent from my phone to Dennis Aogo gave off an impression, for which I have apologised in conversation with Dennis. As a former Germany international, he is very knowledgeable, has a great presence and brings in ratings for Sky."

Lehmann had a consultancy contract with Tennor for sports and football issues and sat on the board of directors of the Bundesliga club for Hertha investor Lars Windhorst's company.

"The consultancy contract with Mr. Lehmann will be terminated. This means that the posting to Hertha's supervisory board is no longer applicable," Tennor Holding spokesman Andreas Fritzenkötter told Sky in Germany.

"Such statements in no way correspond to the values for which Hertha BSC stands and actively campaigns. Hertha BSC distances itself from any form of racism. We therefore welcome the step taken by Tennor Holding," Hertha President Werner Gegenbauer told Sky in Germany.

A statement from Sky Germany said: "Dennis Aogo is a highly esteemed colleague and an excellent pundit, and we are glad to have him in our team.

"We at Sky condemn any form of racism and give no space or platform to racism.

"We have often had Jens Lehmann as a guest on our programme and are very disappointed by his behaviour. We do not plan to invite him back onto our broadcasts again."

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