LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 11 – Mo Farah was humiliated and sent to the back of the queue by an airline attendant before a flight in the United States, his wife has said.
Tania Farah said the Delta Airlines official shouted at the four-time Olympic gold medallist and refused to believe he had a business class ticket.
“I just knew she had a problem with him,” she told the Sunday Telegraph.
A Delta Airlines spokesman said it was investigating and “will be working directly with the Farah family”.
Farah, who retained his 5,000m and 10,000m titles at August’s Rio Olympics, and his family were flying from Atlanta to their home in Portland, Oregon.
“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, but had basically yelled at him.
“He was the only black person and hadn’t done anything to warrant it.”
The incident is alleged to have happened on 22 August as the couple and their four children were returning from Rio.
Farah, 33, is aiming to become the first man to win three consecutive Great North Run titles when he races in Newcastle on Sunday.