Aston Villa defender Jores Okore has been subjected to racial discrimination on social media by a politician in his home country of Denmark. Mirror football reports.
Daniel Carlsen, leader of far-right ‘The Danish Party’, took to Twitter to make vile comments after Okore was snapped showing off the national team’s new shirts.
Okore, who is battling back from a knee operation which has kept him sidelined for the whole of this season so far, was absent as Denmark lost 2-1 in Stockholm last night in the first leg of their Euro 2016 playoff against Sweden.
He has eight international caps, but Carlsen doesn’t think Africans should be representing the country.
In response to the picture, he tweeted:
“It is unfortunately not just the national team’s shorts which has a new colour.”
When asked to clarify his comments, he added:
“I do not believe that Africans should represent Denmark’s national team.”
The comments were immediately condemned across Denmark.
Okore, 23, became the country’s first black international in 2011, having been born in the Ivory Coast and moving to Copenhagen at the age of three.
He turned down the chance to play for his country of birth, instead opting to represent the place where he was nurtured.
The Danish FA took to Twitter to show their support, posting a picture of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Yussuf Poulsen with face paint of France and Tanzania flags respectively, showing their roots.
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