Once German global has given a conciliatory sentiment to his countryman in the wake of sending him a message with racial undertones
Ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is confronting allegations of prejudice subsequent to alluding to Dennis Aogo as a “token person of color” in a WhatsApp instant message.
Previous Hamburg and Schalke left-back Aogo has filled in as a savant for Sky Germany since hanging up his boots a year ago and was back in the studio covering Manchester City’s Champions League semi-last conflict with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.
Aogo uncovered after the game, in which City won 2-0 to advance to the last, that he had gotten a hostile message from Lehmann identifying with the shade of his skin that was intended for another person.
WHAT WAS THE DEAL?
Aogo, who won 12 covers for Germany at the stature of his vocation, posted a screen capture of Lehmann’s content on his Instagram story, which read:
“IS DENNIS REALLY YOUR SYMBOLIC PERSON OF COLOR?”
The 34-year-old likewise labeled his comrade in the post with the subtitle:
“GOODNESS, WOULD YOU SAY YOU ARE NOT KIDDING? THIS MESSAGE SHOULD GO TO ME I PRESUME.”
Hertha BSC has since reported that Lehmann will presently don’t be a piece of the administrative board at the Bundesliga club.
President Werner Gegenbauer said: “Such explanations not the slightest bit compare to the qualities that Hertha BSC represents and effectively advocates. Hertha BSC distances itself from any type of bigotry.”
LEHMANN’S STATEMENT OF REGRET
Lehmann gave a private statement of regret to Aogo prior to endeavoring to explain his remarks during a meeting with German distribution BILD on Wednesday morning.
“I HAVE EFFECTIVELY ADDRESSED DENNIS ON THE TELEPHONE AND INQUIRED AS TO WHETHER MY ASSERTION SEEMED TO BE ILL BRED,”
“It was not implied that path by any means, however in a positive way. As a Sky master, he is proficient and extremely solid in his appearance. Furthermore, in this way additionally expands the share.
“THAT IS THE THING THAT I INTENDED TO SAY HOWEVER IT WAS AWFUL OF ME TO PUT IT. SINCE WHATSAPP WENT OUT FROM MY TELEPHONE, I ASSUME LIABILITY FOR IT. IT WAS A PRIVATE MESSAGE.”
LEHMANN’S PLAYING PROFESSION
Lehmann established a remaining as one of the top German goalkeepers of his age throughout his 24-year profession in European football, taking in spells at Schalke, Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, and Stuttgart.
He won seven prizes altogether, including one Premier League title with the Gunners, and was additionally essential for their famous 2003-04 Invincibles crew.
Lehmann showed up for his nation as well, procuring a sprinters’ award at both the 2002 World Cup and 2008 European Championship.