4-time Olympic champion Mo Farah, after making allegations of “racial harassment,” has made a formal complaint to the Munich airport and German federal police, who deny the allegations.
On Tuesday, Farah uploaded a video to social media during which he seemed to be shoved by a member of airport safety.
Farah livestreamed the incident on Instagram, additionally posting the clip to Twitter accompanied by the phrases: “Unhappy to see racial harassment nowadays. 2018…!!! #airport #germany”.
Within the clip, Farah could be heard telling a person in uniform “you possibly can’t contact me” and “cease pushing me” as he apparently is ushered towards his departure gate.
On the finish of the video, Farah described his remedy as “ridiculous” and “unbelievable,” and in a subsequent assertion a spokesperson for the 34-yr-previous stated: “Mo felt that the incident was racially motivated, and that he was unfairly handled by the airport safety employees.”
Unhappy to see racial harassment at the present time. 2018…!!!! #airport #germany pic.twitter.com/hKvhduxePv
— Sir Mo Farah (@Mo_Farah) March 6, 2018
On Wednesday, it was confirmed that Farah — a naturalized British citizen born in Somalia — had lodged the complaints.
“Mo stands by his assertion and has lodged a formal complaint with Munich airport and the German Federal Police,” stated a spokesperson when contacted by Omnisport.
Nevertheless, the police have denied Farah’s claims.
“We emphatically reject the accusation of #racism,” learn a submit on the official Twitter account of the Bavaria Federal Police, which was subsequently retweeted by Munich Airport’s personal account.
“Sir Mo Farah first disagreed with the routine passenger safety verify @MUC_Airport. Afterwards he violated safety laws and disobeyed the next police order.”
Official assertion of the @bpol_by to the #racism accusation by @Mo_Farah . https://t.co/ddXLrNCW4j
— Munich Airport (@MUC_Airport) March 7, 2018
[email protected] We emphatically reject the accusation of #racism. Sir Mo Farah first disagreed with the routine passenger safety examine @MUC_Airport. Afterwards he violated safety laws and disobeyed the next police order.
— Bundespolizei Bayern (@bpol_by) March 7, 2018