The Syrian refugee who was kicked by a Hungarian camerawoman has been offered a job as a football coach in Madrid, Spain.
Video images of Osama Abdul Mohsen – a former coach himself – being purposely tripped up by Petra Laszlo and falling while carrying his eight-year-old son, sent shockwaves around the world.
Since them Mohsen’s plight and that of his family has circulated. Following the fall, Mohsen and his son continued their journey and reached Munich.
Moved by the plight of father and son, Miguel Angel Galan – president of CENAFE, a football academy in Madrid – contacted journalists in an attempt to find them.
Accompanied by Arabic-speaking footballer Mohamed Labrouzi, who plays for Villaverde in Spain, Mucha set out to find Mohsen, eventually finding him watching a Champions’ League game in a Munich café.
According to reports, Mohsen did not believe that anyone was willing to help him and his son, however Labrouzi was able to reassure him and they set off on the journey to Madrid arriving on Wednesday.
“It’s a dream for me to be here. Thank you Madrid, thank you Spain,” said Mohsen to the Spanish press upon arrival. He hopes his wife and two daughters can join him in the capital.
Luis Miguel Pedraza of CENAFE said: “We’re giving him a hand as a humanitarian gesture. Later we’ll look for something. He’s interested in our school.”
“The first thing is to get him settled.”
The school will help Mohsen, his son Zaid and other members of their family apply for asylum and move into a house in Getafe, where they will pay for the family’s living cost, until they can support themselves.
Spain has agreed to take some 17,000 refugees.
Syrian refugee Osama Abdul Mohsen, his sons 18-year old Mohamed and 7-year-old Zaid arrive to Atocha Train Station on September 16, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. Syrian refugee Osama Abdul Mohsen was tripped up to the ground by Hungarian camerawoman Petra Laszlo while carrying his son seven years old Zaid as he was trying to cross from Serbia to Hungary chased by police. Images by Anadolu Agency.