Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has finally disclosed what he did in the aftermath of his sending off during the North London side’s 2-1 loss to Spanish giants Barcelona in the 2006 UEFA Champions League (UCL) final.Lehmann was given his marching orders in the 18th minute and that eventually had a huge impact on Arsenal’s output as their 10 men failed to hold on against Frank Rijkaard despite taking the lead through Sol Campbell.The former Germany international goalkeeper revealed details of what he did after his sending off in his new autobiography ‘The Madness is on the Pitch’. Lehmann wrote:“Four minutes past nine, the infamous moment had come: Ronaldinho played his pass, Eto’o began to run, Lehmann grasped, [referee Terje] Hauge blew his whistle.“Following the dismissal, I slunk into the dressing room to put on a clean shirt. What was I to do now? For a few minutes, I sat around, irresolute, before climbing up the steps to the stands.“I bumped into Sir Alex Ferguson, who stared at me wide-eyed, as if he had seen Lucifer himself. ‘Bad luck,’ I said with a shrug, continuing on my way.“When I had eventually found a seat, I was joined by Lasse and Mats [his children], who had been sitting with my wife and brother. I pulled them onto my lap and finally began to tear up.“There is no apt description nor any solace for this moment, in which all aims, hopes and ambition of the previous months disappear in a black hole of disappointment.“I suspected I would never again be part of a Champions League final but did not let the thought get to me at all.” he further added.RelatedArsenal Confirms Jens Lehmann ReturnJuly 18, 2017In “England””Scared” Gattuso On The Brink After Napoli Lose 3rd Straight GameJanuary 19, 2020In “Italy”BREAKING: Petr Cech Announces RetirementJanuary 15, 2019In “England”
30 Jan 2015 England Golf represents disability golf in Europe England Golf has become the representative body on the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) for disabled golf in England.England Golf is taking over the work previously undertaken by BALASA, the charity which promotes golf for all disabilities. BALASA will continue to run its own events and host EDGA events.Jamie Blair, England Golf Disability Manager said: “England Golf would like to thank BALASA for the foundations they have put in place and the opportunities they have created for disabled golfers to compete in top European competitions.“I look forward to working with EDGA and to learning from my colleagues in Europe, not only improving the opportunities for talented golfers but also on getting more disabled people into the game. We will continue to work with BALASA and the other impairment specific golf groups to use their knowledge to ensure that EDGA events become as inclusive as possible”BALASA chairman Richard Saunders (image © Leaderboard Photography) commented: “We have worked extremely hard behind the scenes with England Golf and other impairment groups to reach this significant position.“We will continue to work on behalf of our members and the disabled fraternity to promote disabled golf, to encourage further participation for all – and to eventually achieve our ultimate aim of seeing golf in the Paralympic Games.”A new process is now in place for disabled golfers who meet the required level of impairment and wish to participate in the EDGA Access, Challenge and Premier events.In order to access EDGA competitions players must hold:• An approved EDGA Medical Pass – meeting required level of impairment• Active CONGU handicap• Enter ballots through the EDGA websiteDisabled golfers wishing to retain membership of BALASA will pay their BALASA fee in the usual way. BALASA will continue to select England teams for relevant international events. To be eligible for selection to represent England, players will need to be a member of BALASA.For more information on the eligibility criteria and how to apply for a medical pass click here or email England GolfEngland Golf and its partners are committed to increasing the participation of disabled people in golf and providing more people the opportunity to enter, return and develop within the game to whatever level they chose to play to.