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Football manager sacked after sickening racist video goes viral on social media

A football manager has been sacked after “grotesque” footage of him in a shocking racist diatribe went viral.

Jake Henderson posted a video showing himself making racist remarks as Home Secretary Priti Patel delivered a Covid update on TV.

A woman is seen in the background.

Henderson, whose former employers have also condemned his actions, was shown saying: “As a white man I won’t be listening to people of colour because they’re no good in positions of power.”

He continued to make a string of shameful comments.

After the video was widely shared and he was identified, he said he had lost his job and said his family was on the verge of disowning him.

However a note on his Instagram page also said: “I stand by what I said but I’m sorry.”

Henderson later said he had lost his job and his family were on the verge of disowning him

In response, the Sunday league team he managed, Polo Pukz FC, said it was cutting its ties with him.

The club, from Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire, said in a Tweet: “Polo Pukz FC can announce Jake Henderson has been relieved of his managerial duties.

“We would like to assure everyone that his views in NO way represent our club and would like to thank everyone who brought this to our attention.”

A now-deleted LinkedIn page of Henderson’s said he worked at Stoneacre Motor Group.

Football manager sacked after sickening racist video goes viral on social media
Home Secretary Priti Patel speaks during a media briefing

In a statement the company said: “It has been brought to our attention that an individual has posted comments that Stoneacre considers to be an act of hate crime and of serious distaste.

“We would like to reassure the public and our loyal customers that this individual is not currently employed by Stoneacre and hasn’t been for some time.

“The Board of Directors are happy to support the authorities should they seek our assistance. We want to offer our deepest apologies to all concerned.”

The video of Henderson’s sickening outburst sparked a furious reaction on social media.

One person wrote: “It’s really upsetting that people think like that. I feel sick. Grotesque.”

Henderson, from Retford in Nottinghamshire, later posted on his Instagram : “I’ve now lost my job.

“Thanks to you guys. Thank you so much. I made a mistake and now I’m jobless. Please stop the hate. I’m sorry.”

However a further post said: “I stand by what I said. But I’m sorry. What do I have to do.

“My family are on the verge of disowning me. People now know where I live.”

He then pleaded for people to “have mercy”.

Bassetlaw MP Brendan Clarke-Smith said: “I am appalled and absolutely disgusted at this vile racist video which has been posted online.

“This is in no way representative of the town or the people of Retford and we condemn this behaviour in the strongest possible terms.”

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