Syrian refugee gets job as football coach in Spain

Refugee tripped by camerawoman in Hungary gets new start in Spain as football coach

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Syrian Osama Abdul Mohsen holds son Zaid after arriving at Barcelona train station on Sept.16

Updated Sep 21, 2015

Syrian refugee, Osama Abdul Mohsen, who was kicked and tripped by a Hungarian camerawoman who came to Madrid on Wednesday, where he found a job and residence to stay. 

Mohsen was a professional football coach for Syria’s premier league team El Fotuwa SC but after the war he became one of many refugees searching for safety.

After a video showed him falling on the ground while holding his young son after being tripped by camerawoman Petra Laszlo he became famous. Lazlo was also seen kicking a little girl who was trying to escape from police at the border.

"I will never forget her or that moment all my life. I hope she will pay for what she did and be brought to justice. It is so inhumane to trip up a father trying to escape with his son," he told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview at his new home in Madrid.

Miguel Angel Galan, the president of Spain’s National Football Coach Training Center (CENAFE), heard about Mohsen and decided to look at the center's budget to pay for a train journey for him from Munich to Spain and also to find a place for Mohsen and his family to stay.

"It was my dream and now it will become true. I am blissful for that," Mohsen told Anadolu Agency.

Mohsen and his two sons arrived on midnight Wednesday and he said "All, I love you, thank you very much," to reporters.

Mohsen has to submit his asylum application through the Spanish Interior Ministry, he has an appointment on Friday but has to wait for at least six months to be granted asylum with a residence permit after he obtained a "red card" which grants international protection for refugees.

Ada Colau, Barcelona’s new mayor, launched the initiaive by starting a register for families willing to supply shelter or other help for refugees.

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