Jens Lehmann threatens to quit over dodgy German referees

Posted by - November 10, 2008 - Germany, Oddballs

Stuttgart keeper is tired of being booked

If Joe Kinnear thought his Mickey Mouse comment about Martin Atkinson was scathing criticism, he had better think again. Ex-Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann has revealed he is tempted to quit football after picking up his third yellow card of the season for dissent. The 39-year-old has said the quality of refereeing in the Bundesliga could force him to hang up his gloves.

The booking dished out by referee Babak Rafati has pushed Lehmann to the end of his tether. He said: “There was a situation in which a Frankfurt player feigned an injury so we could not launch a counter-attack. The referee said he had to stop play for the injury and then the man stands up and doesn’t even leave the field to be treated. I told the referee, ‘Look! There he goes!’ and he shows me a yellow card – incredible.

“That was so bad that I may as well not bother playing in future. I did not even say anything nasty to the referee. Surely there are better ones. I am sorry, but things cannot go on like this.”

Given that Lehmann palmed the ball into the path of Nikos Liberopoulos for Frankfurt’s opener, Stuttgart fans might not be thinking retirement is a bad option at the minute! See highlights of the match below (Jens’ booking sadly omitted).

0809-12: Eintracht Frankfurt – VfB Stuttgart – MyVideo