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Dec 11, 2009

Relieved Lehmann gets away with Unirea urination

Eccentric Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann must have been a relieved man during his side's Champions League triumph over Unirea Urziceni on Wednesday night, after it emerged he urinated behind the goal during the match.

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An otherwise tight-lipped Lehmann has admitted since that he was as "nervous as ever before", presumably before the incident that occured on one knee, behind the goal and in front of 40,000 fans.

Lehmann was interrupted by an attack from the Romanian side, meaning he had to jump back over the advertising signage before suffering the embarassment of a conceded goal or a yellow card for leaving the pitch without permission.

Stuttgart's director of sport Horst Heldt was quoted in the Guardian praising Lehmann for his handling of the sticky situation.

"I thought he handled it very expertly," he said. "It was a tricky situation. He could hardly run into the dressing room while play was going on and it reminded me of the Tour de France - sometimes there are simply no options."

Stuttgart's passionate fans - who are more accustomed to going behind the goal than their goalkeeper - would have been delighted the team could hold on to their 3-1 lead, even if Lehmann couldn't. Given the club's dismal performance in the Bundesliga this season, Mercedes-Benz would have been full of relieved people after the team progressed to the Champions League knock-out stages. None more so than Lehmann.

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