Former Arsenal’ goalkeeper Lehmann fined over involvement in hit-and-run

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Former Germany and Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been fined €42,500 for his involvement in a hit-and-run accident last year as he faced three separate charges in a Bavarian district court on Wednesday.

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Starnberg district court fined Lehmann, 47, for his part in an incident in Munich city centre when he was a passenger in a car involved in a collision. Lehmann was found to have refused to cooperate when police attempted to gather details of the incident.

Prosecutors had sought for Lehmann to be fined 50 daily rates at €4,000 but his lawyers said their client, who now works as a pundit, currently earns monthly wages of €25,000. The court fined him 50 daily rates at €850, adding up to a total of €42,500.

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Under German law, fines below 90 daily rates do not go down into the criminal record.

During Wednesday’s trial, Lehmann also successfully appealed against a €240,000 penalty order that he had received earlier this year.

That related to an incident from November 2014, when Lehmann was found to have tailgated a driver and then grabbed that person’s scarf through the window.

The court ruled in Lehmann’s favour on Wednesday and the €240,000 fine was dropped.

Lehmann was also charged with speeding on a motorway in March this year. He had initially claimed he was not the driver only for pictures to show he had been behind the wheel, but that charge was dropped on Wednesday.

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