Riz Ahmed received racist abuse from fellow England fan during World Cup game

The Reluctant Fundamentalist actor stopped his patriotic singing following the incident

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:


He had only days before tweeted about the absence of racial discrimination in Brazil.


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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