Manchester United sack Danish scout for alleged racist comments against Muslims

Reuters and Ahram Online, Thursday 15 Jan 2015

The scout also reportedly made racist remarks against East European immigrants

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Manchester United have sacked their Denmark-based scout Torben Aakjaer for posting alleged offensive messages on Facebook.

The club investigated his account after being alerted to the posts by The Guardian newspaper which published the racist comments by Aakjaer directed towards Muslims as well as other derogatory references to Eastern Europeans.

In an online discussion apparently about recent killings of staffers at the Charlie Hebdo, Aakjaer seconds a friend's racist comment.

In a response to a wish by the friend that France would “throw the rest of all that shit they have in their country out,” Aakjaer says: “Couldn’t agree more. Let’s hope other countries including our beloved Denmark follows that example efficiently."

In another comment, Aakjaer describes mosques as conspiracy venues.

“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.”

Aakjaer also spinned a photograph showing the Danish prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, falling over in order to attack Muslims.

“Phew, just thought that this crazy lady had converted into this Islam nonsense and was on her way down on her knees to mumble a prayer. But she clearly just fell down drunk – fair enough,” he wrote, according to the Guardian.

Aakjaer also made offensive comments about Eastern Europeans, describing them as "dirt" that needed to be "kicked over the border."

"Yes, in cases like this I do generalise. This is not a hard-working Polish guy on a building site or a Czech taxi driver. This is hardcore gypsies from Romania, Bulgaria etc. And here no mercy should be shown,” he wrote.

The posts have since been removed, but United have told Aakjaer who had worked for them since 2011, his services are no longer needed.

United said in a statement: "The club received evidence from The Guardian and has ended our association with Mr Aakjaer."

"Manchester United is an inclusive organisation and will not tolerate this sort of behaviour."

Aakjaer told the newspaper the account was his but denied using racist or aggressive terms claiming it might have been hacked "by someone who doesn't like me or Manchester United".

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