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 caps in Germany, worked as an expert for Sky Germany after retiring from the game this summer and posted a screenshot of the message Lehmann sent him ahead of the Champions League semi-final of Tuesday evening between Manchester City and Paris. Saint Germain.
“The consultancy contract with Mr. Lehmann will be terminated. This means that the assignment to the Hertha supervisory board is no longer applicable,” Tennor Holding spokesperson Andreas Fritzenkötter told Sky in Germany.
Lehmann had an advisory contract with Tennor on sports and football matters and served on the Bundesliga club board of the company of Hertha investor Lars Windhorst.
“Such statements in no way correspond to the values for which Hertha BSC actively defends and campaigns. Hertha BSC distances itself from any form of racism. We therefore welcome the step taken by Tennor Holding,” Hertha Chairman Werner Gegenbauer told Sky in Germany.
Lehmann said in a message on Twitter that he contacted Aogo and apologized for his post.