Jens Lehmann sacked from Hertha role for asking if pundit was ‘token black guy’By Raphael Honigstein
Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been sacked from his role at Hertha Berlin after asking whether a pundit was being used as a “token black guy”.
Lehmann has publicly apologised for the comment that he sent to former Germany international Dennis Aogo, who works for Sky Sport in Germany, while Hertha have condemned his words.
What happened?The 51-year-old sent a WhatsApp message to Aogo, asking: “Is Dennis actually your Quotenschwarzer (token black guy)?”
Aogo then posted a screenshot of the message on his Instagram story, captioning it: “Wow, are you serious? This message was probably not meant for me.”
There was a swift response from Hertha, where Lehmann was a member of the Bundesliga club's supervisory board.
Club president Werner Gegenbauer released a statement, which said: “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.”
Lehmann claimed he was using Quote (quota) in reference to TV ratings, which is also Quote in German.
What has Lehmann said?Lehmann took to his own Twitter and wrote: “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.”