Riz Ahmed received racist abuse from fellow England fan during World Cup game
The Reluctant Fundamentalist actor stopped his patriotic singing following the incident
Friday 20 June 2014
Riz Ahmed was the victim of racist abuse from a fellow England fan at the team’s ill-fated World Cup Uruguay match.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist actor and rapper felt he was unable to continue singing his patriotic jingle while watching the game in Brazil after a fan verbally attacked him.
London-born Ahmed – who is of Pakistani heritage – is known for his roles in Ill Manors, The Road to Guantanamo and Four Lions.
He studied Philosophy Politics and Economics at Oxford, before completing a course at Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
The 31-year-old tweeted about the racist incident:
I was at São Paulo stadium, edge of seat, singing Eng-er-land. Half time I get racist abuse from England fan. 2nd half, I just can't sing it; Riz Ahmed (@rizmc) June 20, 2014
He had only days before tweeted about the absence of racial discrimination in Brazil.
Best thing about Brazil? Yours truly brown dude with beard can shout ingil-TERRA without causing security alerts.; Riz Ahmed (@rizmc) June 15, 2014
Fifa’s anti-discrimination policy says an initial offence by fans or players can be punished by having to play a game behind closed doors. Other penalties include having points deducted, relegation or expulsion from a tournament.
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