Manchester United fires scout for alleged racist Facebook comments
Manchester United has fired European scout Torben Aakjaer for allegedly making a series of racist comments on Facebook, The Guardian's Daniel Taylor reports.
United fired Aakjaer, who is based in Copenhagen, after conducting an investigation upon being alerted to the comments by The Guardian. He had been working for the club since 2011.
In the alleged comments, Aakjaer calls for Denmark to close its borders to Eastern Europeans, and he also posted a picture mocking Islam after the Charlie Hebdo attack. In one example, he supported a story of a person dumping water on a poor person's head in Denmark:
"You must be too integrated in the red Copenhagen mafia if you don’t think all that eastern Europe dirt and s--- needs a kick in the behind over the border. Yes, in cases like this I do generalize. 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. I don’t approve of violence but a glass of water hurts nobody."
Aakjaer confirmed to The Guardian that it is his account and that he believes the border should be closed, but denied making the racist remarks. He later said he might have been hacked by someone with an agenda against him or the club.
"I do believe we should close the borders, as many Danish people do, but I would never use this aggressive language," he said. "I would never write ‘dirt and s---’. 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."
United released the following statement announcing Aakjaer's termination.
"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 organization and will not tolerate this sort of behavior."
- Paul Palladino