Hertha Berlin has sacked former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann from his role
on their supervisory board after he sent a racist message to
television pundit Dennis Aogo, the Bundesliga club said on Wednesday.
Aogo posted a screenshot of the message on Instagram with the caption:
“Wow, are you serious? This message was probably not meant for me.”
Jens Lehmann was sacked by Hertha Berlin on Wednesday, May 5, in a statement
released by the club’s president, Werner Gegenbauer, which read:
“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
The 51-year-old, who played for the Gunners from 2003-2008 as well as for a brief
spell in 2011, and represented Germany 61 times, apologized on social media to Aogo,
a former Hamburg and Schalke player who now works for Sky Sports in Germany.
“In a private message from my mobile phone to Dennis Aogo, an impression was
created for which I apologized in conversation with Dennis,” he wrote. “As a former
national player, he is very knowledgeable and has a great presence, and drives ratings
Lehmann retired as a player in 2011, having spent five full seasons at Arsenal between 2003-2008.