Jens Lehmann has apologised and asked for forgiveness after it emerged that he sent a message to Dennis Aogo calling the former Germany defender a ‘token black guy’.
Aogo posted a screenshot of the message, which was sent on WhatsApp, to his Instagram account accompanied by the caption: “Wow, are you serious? This message wasn’t supposed to go to me I guess.”
Lehmann had sent a message to Aogo which translates to: “Is Dennis your token black guy?” after the former Schalke left-back had appeared as a pundit on Sky Germany.
It is understood that the text was mistakenly sent to the 34-year-old and was intended for someone else who works with the broadcaster.
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“Nevertheless I want to say that every person makes mistakes. Every person deserves a second chance.”
And Lehmann has now apologised in public. In a tweet initially written in German, the 51-year-old said: “After yesterday it is very important for me to comment on my message to Dennis Aogo.
“Anyone who knows me knows that this formulation was not seriously meant, thoughtless stupidity that has nothing to do with my personal attitude.
“Such sayings are not allowed to be made, otherwise they will become socially acceptable.
“I would like to apologise once again from the bottom of my heart, I deeply regret my statement and ask for forgiveness from everyone who has felt hurt by it.”