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Manchester United sack scout over alleged racial slurs on Facebook

A number of anti-immigrant messages were discovered on the Danish scout’s page.

Aakjaer regularly posted pictures of himself working on Instagram.
Aakjaer regularly posted pictures of himself working on Instagram.
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MANCHESTER UNITED HAVE sacked European scout Torben Aakjaer following an investigation into alleged racial slurs made on social media.

The 32-year-old was suspended from duties on Wednesday before having his contract terminated by chief executive Ed Woodward after receiving evidence from The Guardian.

Aakjaer’s Facebook account contained a number of anti-immigration messages, including comments on Denmark closing its borders and the recent Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.

“The club received the evidence from the Guardian, launched an immediate investigation into the matter and has terminated our association with Mr Aakjaer,” an official club statement read.

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

Aakjaer, who is understood to be a non-permanent member of staff at United, admits to certain viewpoints but insist he is not a racist and denies describing eastern Europeans as “dirt and s***”.

“I do believe we should close the borders, as many Danish people do, but I would never use this aggressive language,” he told The Guardian.

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“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.”

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