Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been sacked from Hertha Berlin’s supervisory board after asking whether a television expert was being used as a ‘token black man’.
Lehmann appeared to accidentally send a message to former German international Dennis Aogo which read: “Is Dennis really your Quotenschwarzer (a token black man)?”
Aogo posted a screenshot of the post on Instagram with the caption: “Wow, are you serious? This message was probably not intended for me. “
Lehmann was sacked by Hertha Berlin on Wednesday in a statement issued by club president Werner Gegenbauer, which said: “Such statements are in no way representative of the values that Hertha BSC stands for. We move away from all forms of racism and welcome the action taken by TENNOR Holding. “
Lehmann has since posted an apology on Twitter. “In a private message from my cell phone to Dennis Aogo, an impression was created for which I apologized in a conversation with Dennis,” he wrote. “As a former national player he is very capable and has a great presence and drives the odds towards Sky.”
Lehman replaced Jurgen Klinsmann on Hertha’s supervisory board in May last year after taking on various coaching roles and working as a media specialist himself.
The 51-year-old retired as a player in 2011, having spent five full seasons at Arsenal between 2003-2008. He arrived before the historic Invincibles season, won an FA Cup in 2005 and was sent off after Arsenal were beaten in the Champions League final in 2006.
He returned to north London as an emergency goalkeeper in the final months of his playing career and spent a year under Arsene Wenger as an assistant coach in the Frenchman’s last season in 2017 / 18.