'Pure Harassment': Mo Farah Streams Clash With Officials At German Airport

Mo Farah took to Instagram live on Tuesday to show what he described as harassment at the hands of German airport officials. 

Farah’s video starts with him standing in the airport saying, “You are never going to believe what happened.” 

The four-time Olympic champion goes on to describe his attempts to speak with someone in higher authority: “Speak to the supervisor, speak to the manager, nothing. The guy is touching me up like crazy. Pure harassment. Pure, pure, harassment.” 


At this point in the video, a security official approaches Farah and tells him to leave the area. 

“You don’t need to push me,” Farah says. 

The security official asks Farah where his gate is before grabbing Farah by the right shoulder.  

“You don’t need to push me. I will go to the gate,” Farah says.  

The altercation with the security official lasts 30 seconds. At the end of the video, Farah tells the security official that he is on Instagram live. 

"I don't care," the official responds.

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

Farah is no stranger to incidents at airports. In 2012, he said he is frequently detained at U.S. customs because of his Somali origins and has tried to show his Olympic medals to prove his identity. In 2016, Farah’s wife said he was “humiliated” when a Delta Airlines employee told Farah to move to the back of the line before boarding their flight from Atlanta to Portland. 

Farah won The Vitality Big Half this last weekend in London as part of his preparations for April's London Marathon.

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