Manchester United sack scout over racial comments

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Manchester United have terminated the contract of European scout Torben Aakjaer after a race storm forced club officials to fast track an investigation into his conduct, reports The Guardian.

An Old Trafford spokesman has confirmed that Aakjaer's contract had been terminated after being suspended earlier the same day. It is also claimed that the investigation went right to the top after Old Trafford figures were alerted to inappropriate posts on Aakjaer's Facebook page.

A number of racially aggressive posts have since been uncovered on the Dane's social media page with comments indicating support to close Denmark's borders "so all that eastern Europe dirt and sh.. can be kept out”.


He also described a mosque as a “conspiracy-potential prayer-shop” and posted a picture of six pigs, calling them "our secret weapons against Islamists.” Finally, he also appears to take pleasure from a local story of someone pouring water over the of a beggar in Copenhagen.

Aakjaer has now reportedly confirmed that the account is his but denied posting anything racially motivated or aggressive. Instead, he claims his Facebook was hacked by some with an agenda, saying it was probably “someone who doesn’t like me or Manchester United”.

“The club received the evidence... launched an immediate investigation into the matter and has terminated our association with Mr Aakjaer"

Soon after The Guardian spoke with him, they claim the posts were deleted off his page but an investigation involving Ed Woodward and Manchester United's chief scout in Scandinavia was underway.

Club statement

A statement from Old Trafford read: “The club received the evidence from the Guardian, launched an immediate investigation into the matter and has terminated our association with Mr Aakjaer. Manchester United is an inclusive organisation and will not tolerate this sort of behaviour.”

The scout continued to deny the allegations, saying that he may have been the victim of mistranslation. However, he also confirmed that he is a supporter of a campaign to close Denmark's borders to EU migrants.

"I do believe we should close the borders, as many Danish people do, but I would never use this aggressive language,” he told the same report. “I would never write ‘dirt and shit’. I’ve never written anything racist and it doesn’t sound like me. I am not racist at all and I am shocked. When I hear this it sends a different message of the person I am.”

His Facebook can still be seen to show support for extreme views in response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, suggesting France should throw Muslims out of the country. He acknowledges he wrote such comment, but insisted he was talking about terrorists not ordinary Muslims.


Manchester United confronted Askjaer, asking him to explain his reference to story about a butcher who had cruelly been selling pork to Muslims. “So the wise one fools the less clever”, he is seen as saying.

Of the mosque, he appears to state: “If just a single krone of public money is invested in this nonsense they better do as they are told. Or else you simply have to close down this conspiracy-potential prayer-shop.”

NOTE: All quoted posts can be found on The Guardian link at the top of the article

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