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Germany's out of control goalkeeper
Deutsche Welle, December 18th, 2009 12:30PM

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VfB Stuttgart's goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, who starred for Germany at the 2006 World Cup and 2008 European Championship, continues adding to his list of transgressions, the latest earning him a three-game suspension for bumping and stomping on the foot of Mainz striker Aristide Bance. After the ejection against Mainz, Lehmann was confronted by a fan who asked him 'why can't you just be normal?' Lehmann responded by snatching the man's glasses off his face. After the fan followed him for several yards he put the glasses in another person's hands.

In September, Stuttgart suspended Lehmann for attending the Oktoberfest without permission after a loss in which he gave up a soft goal. When he returned to action, he shoved a photographer while walking to the locker room in Frankfurt. In October, Lehmann lashed out at a ball boy.

In early December, Lehmann told a television interviewer the club fired Coach Markus Babbel because management bowed to the "pressure of a group of adolescent fans." He was fined $60,000 but has so far refused to pay. A few days later, he was caught on camera sneaking off the field during a Champions League game against Unirea Urziceni to urinate against the advertising boards.

 

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