Manchester United wrong to sack me, says former scout axed for racial slurs

Torben Aakjaer posted anti-eastern European messages
• ‘It’s not a racist comment, but I understand why club acted’
• ‘I don’t think they can live with the publicity about this’

The former Manchester United scout Torben Aakjaer, who was sacked on Wednesday for making racially abusive comments, has hit back at the club over his exit. The Dane stands by his controversial postings on Facebook – in which he made derogatory remarks about eastern Europeans and Muslims – and claims he was sacked because the club could not stomach the negative publicity.

United took the decision to sack Aakjaer, one of their scouts based in Copenhagen, after the Guardian alerted them to a stream of racially offensive comments on social media in which one mosque is described as a “conspiracy-potential prayer-shop”. His comments also indicate support for Denmark to close its borders and put “extra personnel on every crossover and exit so all that eastern Europe dirt and sh.. can be kept out”.

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