Dundee United boss ‘didn’t actually see’ controversial Aberdeen incident

Dundee United manager Thomas Courts has claimed he didn’t see the controversial incident at Tannadice that saw a fan lean over and push Aberdeen’s Funso Ojo and earn the Dons star a bizarre red card.

The Dons star’s momentum took him off the pitch and towards the Dundee United support, with one forcefully pushing the Aberdeen midfielder and sparking an investigation from the Tannadice club.


When asked about it Courts insisted he didn’t see it and claimed he likes “not to dwell” on things like that after being asked for his take on what had happened, saying: “I didn’t actually see it at the time. I tend not to dwell on these situations just because the decision has been taken and made.”

The win over the Dons moved United level on points with Hearts in third place in the league and  he was delighted when Ian Harkes netted the only goal of the game, adding: “The longer the game went on I think one goal was always going to win it and thankfully it came for us through Ian Harkes.”

Dundee United confirmed in a brief statement that they would be investigating the incident but there has been some criticism over the club and Courts’ responses after how vocal they were following allegations of racism during their clash at Ross County earlier in the season.

After that happened, Courts marched onto the pitch brandishing a ‘Show Racism The Red Card’ banner and, rightly, spoke several times about how there is no place for racism in football.

However, with the finger pointed at a United fan, there’s a feeling he could have been far stronger in his stance when speaking after the game – as well as United’s one-line statement.

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