Jens Lehmann is SACKED from Hertha Berlin’s board after calling Dennis Aogo ‘a token black guy’

Jens Lehmann is SACKED from Hertha Berlin’s board after Arsenal Invincible and Germany legend accidentally sent Sky Sport pundit Dennis Aogo a WhatsApp message asking if he is the company’s ‘token black guy’

  • Jens Lehmann has become embroiled in a racism storm in Germany this morning
  • Arsenal Invincibles goalkeeper sent Sky Sport pundit Dennis Aogo a message asking if he was the company’s ‘token black guy’ on Tuesday evening
  • Aogo posted screenshot and said the message ‘probably wasn’t meant for him’
  • Lehmann has since been sacked from Hertha Berlin’s board as fans urge companies to cut ties with footballer-turned-pundit in wake of racism storm 

Jens Lehmann is embroiled in a racism storm in Germany after appearing to accidentally text Sky Sport pundit Dennis Aogo asking if he was the company’s ‘token black guy’.

Germany and Arsenal legend Lehmann, who himself is now a television pundit, has been sacked from his role on Hertha Berlin’s board after Aogo posted a screenshot of the text to Instagram.

In what appears to be a message mistakenly sent to Aogo, Lehmann – translated literally – says: ‘Is Dennis actually your “black” one?’, following it with a laughing emoji.

Dennis Aogo posted a screenshot of a message Jens Lehmann sent to him on WhatsApp

Footballer-turned-TV pundit Lehmann has since been sacked from Hertha Berlin's board

Footballer-turned-TV pundit Lehmann has since been sacked from Hertha Berlin’s board

Lehmann has since taken to Twitter to apologise for the message he sent to Aogo on WhatsApp

Lehmann has since taken to Twitter to apologise for the message he sent to Aogo on WhatsApp

Aogo posted a screenshot to his Instagram story shortly after, alongside the caption: ‘WOW… The message was probably not meant for me!!!’

Lehmann sent his WhatsApp shortly after coming off-air himself, having provided punditry for Manchester City’s Champions League win over PSG for German television.

He is now set to face plenty of backlash as fans urge various companies to cut ties with the 51-year-old, and Hertha Berlin have become the first to distance themselves from the ex-goalkeeper.

Aogo, pictured playing for Stuttgart in 2019, has 12 caps for the Germany national team

Aogo, pictured playing for Stuttgart in 2019, has 12 caps for the Germany national team

Aogo, pictured playing for Hannover, now works as a Sky Sport pundit in Germany

Aogo, with his wife Ina in December at a gala in Berlin, Germany

Aogo (pictured left for Hannover and right with his wife Ina in December) now works as a television pundit for Sky Sport in Germany

‘The consultant contract with Mr. Lehmann will be terminated. This eliminates the posting to Hertha’s supervisory board, ‘ said spokesman Andreas Fritzenkötter from Tennor Holding to Sky, while a statement added: ‘Hertha BSC distances itself from racism.’

Lehmann has since come out to issue both a public and private apology to Aogo, posting to his Twitter account: ‘In a private message from my cell phone to Dennis Aogo, an impression was created for which I apologized in conversation with Dennis. 

‘As a former national player he is very knowledgeable and has a great presence and brings odds at Sky.’

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Jose Mourinho ‘will wait to be back in football’ after Tottenham sacking and reveals return timeline

Jose Mourinho won’t be rushing back to football after Tottenham sacking and a return next season ‘could be premature’ but another Premier League job looks most likely as he all but rules out ‘pressure-free’ France and Germany

  • Mourinho discussed the timeframe of his return to football after Spurs departure
  • But he ruled out working in a ‘pressure-free environment’ like France or Germany
  • The Portuguese is set to be a pundit during the delayed Euro 2020 tournament
  • He added that Gareth Southgate’s England is ‘one of the candidates’ to win it
  • The 58-year-old admitted he was keen to finish his career in an international job 

Jose Mourinho has revealed a return to football next season ‘could be premature’ after being sacked as Tottenham manager.

Mourinho, 58, was dismissed by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy on April 19 with the side seventh in the Premier League and less than a week before the Carabao Cup final, which they lost 1-0 to Manchester City under 29-year-old interim boss Ryan Mason.

In a Times interview, most of which was carried out before his departure, the Portuguese also criticised the lack of competition in France and Germany and discussed England’s prospects at the delayed European Championship tournament.

Jose Mourinho has opened up on his next steps after being sacked as Tottenham manager

He said: ‘I have no plans, I am going on with my normal life. I feel fresh. I feel calm. I am on holiday. I have more time to be doing my homework and analysis. I’ll wait to be back in football. Not just for the right club, but for the right culture. Maybe next season is premature, we will see.

‘I won everything with Inter. There is a special affection. But if one day I have to go to Italy and coach a rival club, I don’t think twice. I have this professional way of looking at things. I feel good with myself.’

However, the Portuguese ruled out a move to the likes of Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, given their massive dominance in their respective domestic leagues – despite being highly unlikely to move to either club.

He ruled out a move to Bayern Munich or Paris Saint-Germain due to the lack of competition

He ruled out a move to Bayern Munich or Paris Saint-Germain due to the lack of competition

‘In Germany and France, if you go to club A (Bayern) or club B (PSG), you know your destiny is written immediately. In England it is competition at the highest level. That attracted me. It’s all about the pressure. I want it. I would choose pressure, always. I refuse to go to a country where the pressure doesn’t exist. I refuse!’

It was announced on Friday that Mourinho would be part of Talksport’s radio coverage of the Euros, and he talked up the chances of Gareth Southgate’s England side winning the competition.

‘England is one of the candidates. I don’t think they can run away from it. They play the group phase in England. And is not just England looking good, is nobody looking phenomenal. They have home advantage, they make a camp at the Tottenham HQ. They have the same coach for a few years. 

It was revealed on Friday that Mourinho will join Talksport's coverage of the Euros tournament

It was revealed on Friday that Mourinho will join Talksport’s coverage of the Euros tournament

And the Portuguese discussed the prospects of Gareth Southgate's England side winning it

And the Portuguese discussed the prospects of Gareth Southgate’s England side winning it

‘They have the experience of playing at the (Russia 2018) World Cup where they did very well. In that World Cup, they were still a little bit young. Marcus Rashford in that World Cup was just a little bit young. Many players the same. I think (there) is a big chance.’

The twice-former Chelsea boss then opened up on his desire to manage an international side at the end of his career.

‘One day I want to do it! I want to do a Euro or a World Cup! I can coach any team, Portugal or anyone. Portugal would be more natural because I could add the honour, but if one day I accept to do it for another country, I want to feel the same honour.’ 

When asked about the England job, he diplomatically concluded: ‘England has many options.’ 

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Ministers must ramp up protection for Jewish students at Bristol University, MPs say 

The universities minister has faced calls to take tougher action to ensure Jewish students are protected from anti-Semitism on campus, with one senior MP comparing the situation to ‘1930s Germany’.

MPs pressed Michelle Donelan to adopt a more heavy-handed approach – such as cutting off their funding or sacking university bosses – when the institutions fail to address reports of alleged anti-Semitism.

Education Select Committee chairman Robert Halfon urged ministers not to ‘wash their hands’ of concerns from Jewish university students, including those at the University of Bristol.

An investigation was launched by the University of Bristol last month after one of its academics, sociology Professor David Miller, received a barrage of criticism for comments he allegedly made about Israel.

Minister of State for Universities Michelle Donelan, who MPs today urged  to adopt a more heavy-handed approach when universities fail to address reports of alleged anti-Semitism

Peers heard that the university lecturer’s behaviour had led to Jewish students ‘being subjected to weeks of harassment and abuse’.

Senior Tory MP Mr Halfon highlighted the incident – which he condemned as ‘appalling’ and ‘a disgrace’ – during an Education Select Committee session with the universities minister today.

Education Select Committee chairman Robert Halfon (pictured)

Education Select Committee chairman Robert Halfon (pictured)

Addressing Ms Donelan, he said: ‘Students should not feel that they’re living in 1930s Germany who go to Bristol University and other universities.

‘I think it’s become such a serious national issue, been raised in Parliament a number of times, that you should take a proactive role and do what you can to speak to the senior management and tell them to get a grip and deal with this once and for all.’

But Ms Donelan said she was ‘not washing her hands’ of the issue as she stressed that incidents of anti-Semitism at universities was ‘an area of focus’ for the Government.

In October, Gavin Williamson warned that universities could have their funding cut if they refused to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism.

Ms Donelan told MPs on the education select committee that 98 universities had now signed up to adopt the internationally recognised definition.

She said: ‘Anti-Semitism is abhorrent in universities and we have been working to encourage as many as possible to sign the IHRA definition, which Bristol already had done and that highlights the fact that that’s not the panacea to addressing this issue.

Bristol University Sociology professor David Miller called for the 'end of Zionism' and said Israel is 'trying to exert its will all over the world' during an astonishing Zoom tirade

Bristol University Sociology professor David Miller called for the ‘end of Zionism’ and said Israel is ‘trying to exert its will all over the world’ during an astonishing Zoom tirade

‘In regards to specific cases, the Government doesn’t comment. There’s an investigation going on in Bristol and I believe it’s still live.

‘And I would urge Bristol University to ensure that is as thorough as possible because some of the reports that have come out are extremely concerning.’

Mr Halfon said: ‘There’s been some awful things going on in terms of Jewish students. They feel unsafe, they feel unprotected, they feel that now the university is a a hotbed of anti-Semitism, and yet all the Government can do is say ‘we’ll wait for a review and not intervene’.

‘I mean, surely you should look at things like funding, or at least meet with the vice-chancellor early on and say ‘What on earth is going on here? Why do thousands of Jewish students feel that Bristol University is not a safe place for Jews?’.’

He added: ‘There’s nothing to stop you picking up the phone and saying to the vice-chancellor ‘What on earth is going on? Get your act together. Do something. Protect these students which is your duty to protect them.’ Rather than to wash your hands of it and say they’re autonomous.’

Meanwhile, Jonathan Gullis, Conservative MP for Stoke on Trent North, called for academics who have allegedly made anti-Semitic comments to be sacked, and for the Office for Students (OfS) to be able to remove vice-chancellors from their posts if they fail to tackle anti-Semitism.

An investigation was launched by the University of Bristol last month after one of its academics, Professor David Miller, received a barrage of criticism

An investigation was launched by the University of Bristol last month after one of its academics, Professor David Miller, received a barrage of criticism

He said: ‘Until we start bringing that kind of scrutiny and action into our university sector, like you would do if you were in a primary or secondary school, these incidents will keep happening.’

But Ms Donelan said: ‘We can’t sack professors, or people like that, because we are not their employers and this is the difference with the university sector because they are autonomous we haven’t actually hired them.’

However, she added: ‘I agree with you that certain universities do need to go further on this area and it is deeply concerning that Jewish students feel put off from applying to certain universities. That’s not modern Britain and that’s not the country that we all want to live in.’

Mr Gullis added: ‘Rules need to be put in place that these people can be got rid of. At the very least, the head of the Office for Students (OfS) should be able, in my opinion, to remove vice-chancellors if they’re not upholding the protection of students, particularly those who are Jewish where we see time and time again anti-Semitism rife in the university sector and I think it’s an absolute abomination in modern society that this is still going on.’

Erling Haaland ‘will LEAVE Borussia Dortmund if they miss out on Champions League football’

Erling Haaland ‘WILL leave Borussia Dortmund if they miss out on Champions League football’… with Chelsea and Manchester United among the clubs on alert over striker’s uncertain future

  • Borussia Dortmund are determined to keep hold of star man Erling Haaland
  • Yet reports in Germany say it is ‘unreal’ for him to stay if Dortmund miss top four
  • Dortmund are currently outside of the Champions League spots by a single point
  • Chelsea and Man United are two clubs keen on landing Haaland this summer

Borussia Dortmund’s hopes of keeping hold of Erling Haaland hinge on them securing Champions League football for 2021-22, according to reports in Germany.

Bild say that the situation around the Chelsea and Manchester United target is ‘unreal’ if Dortmund miss out on the top four and subsequently the Champions League.

Haaland has a £65million release clause which becomes active next summer and while Dortmund are determined to keep the striker for at least one more season, there is a growing sense the Champions League holds the key.

Erling Haaland will reportedly only stay at Borussia Dortmund if they earn a top four finish

Ole Gunnar Solskjar worked with Haaland at Molde and is a known admirer

Thomas Tuchel is reportedly keen on bringing the striker to Chelsea this summer

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) and Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel (right) are two admirers that are keen to acquire the Norwegian striker this summer

Dortmund currently sit fifth in the Bundesliga table, one point adrift of Eintracht Frankfurt in the final Champions League spot.

Haaland and Co have three games remaining to overthrow their top four rivals with games against RB Leipzig, Mainz and Bayer Leverkusen.

But the Norwegian would be forgiven if he was less concerned about missing the competition given all of his suitors are prepared to play in Europe’s top competition next season.

Haaland is this season’s top scorer in the Champions League with 10 goals, two ahead of nearest challenger Kylian Mbappe, who can add to his tally in two semi-final legs against Manchester City. 

Haaland has 37 goals so far this season and is one of Europe's most sought-after players

Haaland has 37 goals so far this season and is one of Europe’s most sought-after players

The Dortmund striker is in high demand and is expected to command a transfer fee of at least £100million as well as wages of around £30m a year. 

Haaland has scored 37 goals in all competitions already this season and is widely seen as the most sought-after No 9 this summer.

Manchester City, who are losing Sergio Aguero, Manchester United and Chelsea are seen as three potential landing spots if he chooses to come to the Premier League.

Any move would not come cheap, however, and earlier this month Sebastian Kehl, ex-Dortmund player and now their head of licensed player division, reiterated the board’s focus on keeping the Norwegian.

His agent Mino Raiola has told potential suitors Haaland wants £30m a year at his next club

His agent Mino Raiola has told potential suitors Haaland wants £30m a year at his next club

Kehl told Sky Germany: ‘Our position is clear – we are planning with Erling. We are very relaxed about that.

‘Of course, we have been following the situation. But we had a very, very good talk with Mino and his [Haaland’s] father just recently.

‘I don’t want to go into those talks now. From a certain point on, we may no longer be able to influence what the future will bring.

‘I have seen the boy in training in the last two days and I have seen how hungry he is and the sparkle is in his eyes. We are very ambitious, we need Erling to achieve our sporting goals, and we have made that clear.’ 

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Real Madrid: Toni Kroos set to be fit for Champions League semi-final with Chelsea

Boost for Real Madrid with Toni Kroos set to be fit for crunch Champions League semi-final against Chelsea after returning to training… but full back Ferland Mendy is likely to miss first leg with a calf problem

Real Madrid should have Toni Kroos available for Tuesday night’s huge Champions League semi-final first leg against Chelsea.

The Germany midfielder has missed Real’s last three games as a precautionary measure and has been working in the gym to prevent injury.

However, he returned to full training with his team-mates on Sunday and now appears set to feature when Zinedine Zidane’s men host the Premier League side.

Toni Kroos, pictured in individual training last Friday, has now rejoined his team-mates

Kroos played an instrumental role in Madrid’s quarter-final triumph over Liverpool and is likely to start the first leg of the semi-final if he proves his fitness.

Zidane is set to be without Ferland Mendy, however, after the full back missed Sunday’s session as he recovers from a calf problem.

The Frenchman had hoped to have his compatriot back for the visit of Chelsea, but his absence suggests he is unlikely to make Tuesday’s matchday squad. 

Speaking on Saturday after his side’s 0-0 draw with Real Betis, Zidane said: ‘The intention is that Mendy and Kroos return (for Chelsea), but we have to see.

‘We have to recover as Tuesday is going to be the most difficult of the season.’

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Facebook removes French town’s official page because of its ‘offensive’ name 

Below is Bitche Mayor Benoît Kieffer’s full statement translated from French.

Facebook had censored our City of Bitche page.

We have appealed and attempted to contact Facebook through various means, including through contact forms and private messages on the Facebook France page.

On March 19, Facebook informed us that our Town of Bitche page was no longer published, on the grounds that it was ‘in violation of the terms applicable to Facebook pages’. 

The city’s Facebook page was hosted in a data center located in Europe and in a hypothetical, we assume that our page has migrated to an Anglo-Saxon server which has set up moderations and algorithms that remove illegal and problematic content. 

The name of our city seemed to suffer from a misinterpretation.

I accept that Facebook will put in place locks, police, comply with the prescriptions of the European Union, which intends to domesticate GAFA and better supervise practices, in particular in application of the 2020 European ‘Digital Service Act’ regulation.

That Facebook gives pledges, takes responsibility, justifies its content and today plays its role of moderator and regulator of its social network.

What happened to the town of Bitche demonstrates the insufficiency and the limits of the moderation tools that only a human eye can appreciate, especially with regard to the verification of sources.

The amazing thing is that it lasted and that Facebook took so long to correct this incident.

The CEO of Facebook France has just contacted me personally to inform me that the page for the town of Bitche has been published again and to apologise for the inconvenience that may have been caused.

Today I send two invitations:

– The first, to the Facebook ‘institution’: that of being transparent, but also, by obligation, to be an intelligent and fair tool

– The second, I humbly address it to Mr. Mark ZUCKERBERG and to Mr. General President of Facebook France, whom I would be pleased, along with my fellow citizens, to welcome at Bitche to make them discover our pretty fortified city which has been illustrated in history at several times, but also to honor together, with them, the memory of the compatriots and of our American friends who, under the banner of the 100th Infantry Division, came, from South Carolina, liberate our city; our liberators who are then themselves named, with pride, the ‘Sons of Bitche’

Benoît Kieffer 

Maire de Bitche