Monday, 19 March, 2018

Sir Mo Farah complains of 'racially motivated unfair treatment' at German airport

Mo Farah finishing in the last match Mo Farah finishing in the last match
Melinda Barton | 07 March, 2018, 20:26

Farah was passing through the German airport as he returned to his training camp in Ethiopia.

German Federal Police have strongly denied claims by Sir Mo Farah that he was "racially harrassed" at Munich Airport on Monday.

Farah has not described the original incident that precipitated the charge of harassment.

Farah says "you won't believe what has just happened" and that he complained to the manager to no avail.

"The guy's touching me up like insane. Pure harassment. Pure, pure, harassment".

The police officer then approaches Farah and tells him to proceed to his gate while appearing to push the runner in the back.

On Wednesday, the German Federal Police gave their version of events, with a spokesperson saying the officer filmed by Farah was "properly carrying out his duty", and adding: "I can not see any indication of racial harassment by the Federal Police officer at all".

But the guard defiantly replies: "I can touch you. I will go to the gate", Farah says.

"The guy's touching me up like insane".

"The way we get treated is ridiculous, you saw that, guys?" Did you see all that guys?

Mo Farah's video alleging racial harassment
Mo Farah's video alleging racial harassment

The Somalia-born athlete posted a video on Instagram showing an altercation with a security guard at the airport.

The police officer can be heard saying "I can touch you" before Farah by his collar in a more aggressive manner. You personally handled that so well.

One posted: "Appalling behaviour from an official at the airport towards you".

Some replies on Twitter questioned whether Farah had been the victim of 'racial harassment'. He termed the act as racial harassment.

But other users took issue with this.

His next race is the London Marathon on April 22.

He is now preparing to run the London Marathon next month and become the first British male victor since 1993.

A spokesperson for Farah said: "This afternoon, there was an incident at a German airport whilst Mo was travelling back to his training camp in Ethiopia".

Business Insider contacted Munich Airport and the Germany Federal Police for clarity.

Farah is the most successful British track athlete in modern history.