Jens Lehmann fined over outburst

VfB Stuttgart have fined Jens Lehmann following the veteran goalkeeper's verbal attack on his team-mates.

The outspoken former Germany international hit out at his 'lazy' colleagues following their 5-1 German Cup thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich on Tuesday.



"Criticism should generally not be voiced in public, therefore a fine has been given," revealed coach Markus Babbel.



"We have accepted his apology and that is the end of it."



Lehmann had fumed: "The winter break is not a time to get lazy. And a winter break is even less of a time to return injured, carry on with injuries and go out with injuries again.



"You have to find out what Bayern did during the winter break and what VfB Stuttgart has done.



"They were faster, they were quicker and they were on the spot."



Hertha Berlin have signed experienced Argentinian defender Leandro Cufre from Monaco.



The 30-year-old has joined the mid-table Bundesliga side on a short-term deal until the end of the season.



"I am glad that I am getting a chance to play for such a prestigious club like Hertha," said Cufre.



"I want to ensure that the club achieves its objectives and look forward to playing in the Bundesliga."



Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund have agreed to let defender Robert Kovac return home to Croatia to join Dinamo Zagreb.



Kovac, 34, was out of contract at the end of the season but has been allowed to prematurely end his two-year stay at the Westfalenstadion.



"I am very pleased with the arrival of Robert Kovac, who has played with the world's biggest clubs," said Dinamo coach Marijan Vlak of the former Juventus and Bayern Munich defender.



"It is certain this is an immense gain for us, as it would represent for any other club.



"Our young players will be able to learn a lot about football and professionalism."

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