Tania Farah, the wife of double gold medallist Mo Farah, has claimed her husband, Mo, was “humiliated” at a US airport and forced to go to the back of the queue, by staff who refused to believe they had business class tickets.
Mo was returning from the Rio Olympics on 22 August with his family, when a flight attendant “yelled at him like he was a piece of shit” on the final leg of their journey from Atlanta to their Portland home.
Tania added: “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.”
However, other reports say the Farahs arrived late for first-class boarding, and were simply told to wait until economy-class passengers had taken their seats.
A Delta Airlines spokesman reportedly said it was investigating and “will be working directly with the Farah family”.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Tania said, “This woman basically humiliated him until people came forward and said: ‘That’s Mo Farah, the Olympic champion’,” his wife said.
“She was mortified afterwards”.
Witnesses claim Mo, 33, stood by in silence as Tania, 33, called the female Delta Airlines attendant “f****ng pathetic”, and said she had a “sad little life”.
Passengers reportedly applauded them when they embarked.
A spokesman for Mo has reportedly refused to comment on the incident.
Mo and Tania are both competing in the Great North Run on Sunday, as Mo aims to be the first man to win the contest 3 consecutive times.