Wednesday 22 November 2017

Syrian refugee who was tripped over by a camerawoman is getting a job as a football coach in Madrid

Osama Abdel-Muhsen Al-Ghadab and his son Zaid expected to arrive in Madrid on Wednesday
Osama Abdel-Muhsen Al-Ghadab and his son Zaid expected to arrive in Madrid on Wednesday

Tom Sheen

The Syrian refugee who was tripped over while carrying his son at the Hungarian border is to move to Spain and become a football coach, according to reports.

Osama Abdel-Muhsen Al-Ghadab and his son Zaid, who were tripped over by  camerawoman Petra Laszlo, sparking international outrage, are moving to a Madrid suburb to work at the CENAFE school that trains football coaches, report Al Jazeera.

Mr Al-Ghadab first went to Germany where local media found out he was formerly a football coach in the Isis-conquered region of Deir ez-Zor in Syria.

The Madrid school have convinced him to move to Spain, according to the report, where he will stay in an apartment near the facility in Getafe.

"The first thing is to get him settled," said Luis Miguel Pedraza, who works at CENAFE.

"We're giving him a hand as a humanitarian gesture. Later we'll look for something. He's interested in our school."

The school also plans to help him apply for asylum in Spain.

Mr Al-Ghadab has spoke previously on the incident, describing how some of the refugees had “started to lose patience” and wanted to walk to the Hungarian-Serbian border instead of waiting for the planned coach.

“People… wanted to walk the 10km to the border, the police were standing there to stop people going," he said.

“It was chaotic, people started to push. I didn’t see where it came from, I didn’t know if it was a camerawoman or a policeman. I just felt myself falling to the ground… How can I forgive her?”

The camera operator, Petra László, worked for the right-wing Hungarian TV station N1TV and was sacked after the incident - she is also under criminal investigation.

(© Independent News Service)

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