When ex-Arsenal keeper Lehmann was dropped… for attending a beer festival

Arsenal fans love Jens Lehmann.

He was something of a cult hero at the Emirates and, although he was an outstanding goalkeeper, he was also an utter barmpot at times.

And in classic Lehmann style, The Invincibles goalkeeper ran into trouble with his club back in 2009 under rather bizarre circumstances.


Lehmann, who was playing for Stuttgart at the time, was involved in a 2-0 defeat by Cologne.

But his performance, which was marred by an error to gift Cologne a second goal, wasn’t the reason he was dropped by coach Markus Babbel.

Just hours after the loss, Lehmann was spotted at Munich’s renowned beer festival, Oktoberfest, knocking back a few jars with the fans.

But Lehmann, who accepted the club’s decision to drop him for the German Cup game against Lubeck, insisted his partying was well-intentioned.

“The visit to the Wiesn [Oktoberfest] was part of a charity event and it had been planned for a long time,” he said at the time.


“However, it was not agreed with the club. Of course I accept the measures taken by the sporting management.”

Good old crazy Jens.

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