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.