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Mo Farah sent to back of flight queue on Rio Olympics return

SINGLED OUT: Mo Farah and wife Tania

THE WIFE of Olympic star Mo Farah has spoken out about an incident which saw her husband allegedly subjected to racist abuse by an airline official on his way home from Rio Olympics.

Tania Farah, 30, says Mo, 33, was “humiliated” and “singled out” for being black by a flight attendant who refused to recognise that he had a business class ticket.

The Delta Airline worker sent Mo and his family to the back of the line forcing them to miss first class boarding.

Tania, however, refused to stay silent and reportedly launched into a furious rant.

The mother-of-four branded the airline worker “f***ing pathetic” and said she led a “sad little life”.

Defending her actions, Tania told The Sunday Telegraph: “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.”

The couple were on their way back home from Rio last month where Mo completed a historic ‘double-double’ in athletics, securing the gold medal in the men's 10,000m and 5,000m.

They waited to board a 9.35am connecting flight from Atlanta, Georgia, to their home in Portland, Oregon, when they were told to stand at the gate and wait until all economy passengers had got on.

A Delta Airlines spokesman said: “We are investigating this situation and will be working directly with the Farah family.”

He added that the company “takes precautions to protect customer data and information”.

A spokesman for Mo Farah refused to comment.

Tania's candid comments came as she revealed that she and Mo experienced racism growing up in London in the Eighties and it still continues today.

She told The Telegraph: "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."

The couple ran alongside each other over the weekend when they completed the Great North Run in Newcastle.

For first-time long distance runner, Tania it was a dramatic finish after she collapsed when crossing the finish line, but was met by husband Mo who cheered her on.

Tania said: "I was feeling an awful lot of pain from mile ten onward and at one point I thought how am I going to get to the finish line. I have got three miles left and I thought I can stop right now.

"I thought 'Mo is at the finish line' and if he was here right now he would be telling me to push on.

"So I kept telling myself to push through. A burger and chips and some ice-cream tonight would be nice."

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