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Mo Farah denies assault claims

ASSAULT ACCUSATIONS: Mo Farah has denied claims he attacked a married athlete

MO FARAH has denied claims he attacked a married athlete during his time in Ethiopia.

The allegations, which have been made by Haile Gebrselassie, were made public after Farah revealed that he had items stolen from his room while he was staying at a hotel owned by the two-time Olympic champion.

In a press conference ahead of Sunday’s London Marathon, Farah said he had money, a watch and two phones taken from his room on March 23.

"I was just disappointed with Haile," Farah said.

"Just to be honest, it's Haile who owns the hotel and when you stay for three months in that hotel, it was very disappointing to know that someone who has that hotel and that kind of support couldn't do nothing," he added.

In a statement sent to BBC Sport, Gebrselassie described a text message sent to him from Farah ahead of the London Marathon press conference was “blackmail” and that he was considering taking legal action against the British athlete.

In an Instagram post published on March 28, Farah said that someone linked to Yaya Village Hotel “used a key from reception and broke into my hotel room”.

Gebrselassie said that hotel guests with more than $350 (£271) in cash are encouraged to declare it so that staff can offer them the opportunity to place the money in a safe box, BBC Sport.

The 46-year-old has argued that Farah chose to keep his money with him, meaning the hotel is not responsible for its loss.

It is understood £2,600 in cash was stolen.

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Five hotel employees were detained by the police in relation to the incident and later released without charge, Gebrselassie said.

In addition to accusing Farah of “disgraceful conduct” and attack on a married athlete in the gym, Gebrselassie has also claimed that Farah left a bill of 81,000 Ethiopian Birr (£2,170) when he checked out, despite being given a 50 per cent discount.

Speaking to The Guardian, Gebrselassie claimed Farah "kicked and punched" a husband and wife after confronting the man who he believed was following him.

Farah has refuted all of Gebrselassie's accusations.

BBC Sport reported a spokesperson for the athlete said: "Mo is disappointed with this statement and the continued reluctance by the hotel and its owner to take responsibility for this robbery.

"Mo disputes all of these claims, which are an effort to distract from the situation, where members of his hotel staff used a room key and stole money and items from Mo Farah's room (there was no safe as it was faulty, and Mo requested a new one).”

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