Tuesday, August 16

Mo Farah humiliated in flight when back home from Rio



Delta Airlines sent Mo Farah to the back of the queue as he waited to board his flight home from Rio, refusing to acknowledge he had a business-class ticket, his wife Tania claims.

In an interview the Olympic champion’s spouse alleged that her husband was treated like a “piece of s***” as the only black person waiting to board his flight home last month.

She 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.

“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 later claimed Mrs Farah swore at the airline worker, calling her “pathetic” and “disrespectful”, as the couple and their four children waited to board a 9.35am connecting flight from Atlanta, Georgia to their home in Portland, Oregon.

Tania’s candid comments came as she revealed her and the ‘double-double’ Olympic gold medallist experienced racism growing up in London in the Eighties – and it still continues today.

Speaking to the Telegraph , she said: “We’re lucky enough to enjoy a good life. We’re grateful for everything we have and, right now, I really feel like I’m living the dream.”

Tania also revealed how the pair fell in love after bonding over their shared religion of Islam.

Somali-born Mo, 33, is running in the Great North Run in Newcastle alongside Tania this weekend.

Tania admitted her husband is a “hardcore” running trainer.

Mo said: “I’ve been giving Tania training and stuff and then sometimes I do end up in the dog house. But that’s fine I guess, it happens in all kinds of relationships.

“I’ve been looking after her, I’ve been sending her good training, but sometimes I forget I’m more professional and she’s more amateur.”

Delta Airlines has been contacted by the Mirror for comment.