Emmerdale star Danny Miller’s dad Vince was sacked by Manchester United [Instagram]
The 82 year old was forced to leave his role as a matchday compere at Old Trafford after a formal complaint was made earlier this month.
A female colleague stated that the former comedian has put his arm around her and called her “love”.
As a result, the host was asked to resign after nearly 30 years working at the club.
Vince has since called the decision an “absolute joke”, while his son Danny Miller, who plays Aaron Dingle in Emmerdale, is said to be “gutted”.
Vince Miller was sacked for calling a woman ‘love’ [Manchester Evening News ]
Emmerdale’s Danny Miller is said to be gutted by the decision [Instagram]
“At the end of the day it was something or nothing. I was guiding her to a table to serve people and put my arm around her. It was an innocent as that,” the football host told Manchester Evening News.
“It’s an absolute joke. Now this does not bode well for Manchester United, which is not what I wanted. I spent 29 very happy years at the club.
“I had wanted to retire when Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as manager, but they asked me to stay on.”
Meanwhile close friend Micky Martin called the move “disgusting”, arguing that the word “love” had been used as a term of endearment.
Vince Miller had been at Manchester United for nearly 30 years [Instagram]
“I think it’s disgraceful and disgusting. All he did was bring a bit of Mancunian warmth to what he was doing by calling someone ‘love’,” the promoter told Manchester Evening News.
“She’s taken offence and reported it. He was asked to resign graciously and offered two tickets in the North Stand for the rest of the season. He refused to accept as it would have made him look guilty.”
Micky then continued: “Some people in different parts of the country call you ‘duck’, or ‘sweetheart’ or ‘darling’. We say ‘love’. Everybody in Coronation Street says ‘love’. Should they be sacked? I wouldn’t have thought so.
“I think it’s disgraceful. I really do.”
Danny Miller plays Aaron Dingle on Emmerdale [ITV]
Manchester United club sources have confirmed that a complaint had been received about Vince which resulted in his departure from the post.
A spokeswoman said: “All of our lounges receive feedback from fans that enjoy the facilities on match day.
“As a result of the feedback we received in the Old Boardroom over a period of time, we have changed the offering to supporters in that room and part of that change has meant a change in room host.”