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Jens Lehmann fined for criticising team-mates

Friday, January 30, 2009

VfB Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been fined an undisclosed sum for his heavy criticism following his side's 5-1 defeat at home to Bayern Munich in the third round of the DFB Pokal on Tuesday.

The veteran custodian hit out at the quality of the club’s winter preparations, pointing out that Bayern looked much fresher.

Without naming anyone, he also criticized teammates for being lazy and not working enough during the mid-season break.

The Swabian club confirmed that the 39-year-old has been fined for his outburst.

"He has received a fine," a spokesman from the club explained.

Lehmann has subsequently apologized for the criticism and coach Markus Babbel, a former Germany team-mate of Lehmann, now considers the matter over.

He said: "Jens Lehmann has apologised to both me and the players. He insisted that his criticism was not aimed at the training team.

"Criticism in principle should not be made publicly and that's why he was fined. We have accepted the apology and the case is closed."

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