Mo Farah was sent to the back of the queue when he waited to board his flight back home after winning two gold medals at the Rio Olympics that recently came to an end. The incident, a clear case of racist abuse, was narrated by his wife Tania with their children also in tow at the time of the incident.
The incident happened last month when the family was returning home after the Rio Olympics where the British athlete won gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m events. Just two days after the euphoric moment, Farah was brought back to surface in a disgraceful and disrespectful moment.
Narrating the incident, Tania said, “This woman basically humiliated him until people came forward and said: ‘That’s Mo Farah, the Olympic champion…’ She was mortified afterwards, but had basically yelled at him like he was a piece of s— to get back into line,” she told The Sunday Telegraph.
“He was the only black person [in the queue] and hadn’t done anything to warrant it. I just knew she had a problem with him.”
Witnesses at the scene of the incident said Mrs Farah called the Delta Airlines worker “f—— pathetic”, told her she led a “sad little life”, and was being “disrespectful”, before demanding an apology.
The alleged incident took place on August 22 when the family was travelling from Atlanta, Georgia to their home in Portland, Oregon.
The family was asked to wait until all the passengers had boarded, which clearly perturbed Mrs Farah who was claimed to have complained by saying, “f—— problems on this f—— airline”.
The report further claims the family was finally allowed onto the aircraft when a second official intervened. Once aboard, they were applauded by passengers.
Spokesman from the airline is reported to have declined to comment while adding, the company “takes precautions to protect customer data and information”.