Olympic legend Sir Mo Farah has accused a German airport official of ‘racial harassment’ as he uploaded a video being pushed by security. The four-time Olympic champion left the UK for Ethiopia on Monday to complete his final training block ahead of next month’s London Marathon and his journey took him via Germany, where he had an altercation with a pushy law enforcement officer.
Farah filmed the exchange on Instagram Live, later posting it to his Instagram and Twitter feeds with the caption.
The double Olympic gold medal winner tweeted:
“Sad to see racial harassment in this day and age. 2018…!!!! #airport #germany”.
The 34-year-old was giving a running commentary as he was pushed towards the gate by the officer, claiming it was “pure harassment”, though there was no evidence of any racial abuse in the 47-second clip.
In the clip, Mo Farah is pushed by the official as he is told to “go to the gate”.
The long-distance runner replies:
“I’m going to the gate. There’s no need to push me.”
Farah repeatedly tells the official “stop pushing me” before he is grabbed by the man.
The athletics star is then seen saying:
“There is no need to grab me. Leave me alone. You’re on Instagram live.”
A spokesperson for Mo Farah said: “This afternoon, there was an incident at a German airport whilst Mo was travelling back to his training camp in Ethiopia.
“Mo Farah felt that the incident was racially motivated and that he was unfairly treated by the airport security staff.”
Fans on Twitter came out in support of Farah after he posted the clip.
“No-one should treat a knight of the realm this way!”
“Appalling behaviour from an official at the airport towards you.”
Farah won gold in both the 5,000 and 10,000m in the 2012 Olympics in London and the 2016 Games in Rio.