The Syrian refugee family who was filmed being tripped by a Hungarian camerawoman as they fled police in Hungary have met the stars of Real Madrid, including Cristiano Ronaldo on Friday.
Osama Abdul Mohsen and his two sons Mohammad, 18, and Zaid, seven, were welcomed in Spain after the video of the Hungarian camerawoman, Petra Laszlo tripping up Osama as he fled from the police with Zaid in his arms at a refugee camp close to Hungary's border with Serbia on September 9 was released. They were invited to Spain due to the initiative of Miguel Angel Galan, the director of a soccer coaching school in Madrid.
“Little Zaid got to know his idol, Cristiano Ronaldo, with whom he was photographed on the pitch,” the club said in a statement alongside a picture of the family with the World Player of the Year and a host of his Madrid teammates.
“The father of the Syrian family, who was tripped by a Hungarian journalist, and his sons met (coach) Rafael Benitez, the technical staff and the squad minutes before the final training session ahead of the game against Granada.”
The family had been given a trip to the Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium by club president Florentino Perez. Also Osama Abdul Mohsen has been offered a job at the CENAFE coaches’ training school run by Galan in Spain. Mohsen is the previous coach of Syrian first division team, Al-Fotuwa.
The camerawoman, Petra Laszlo has been dismissed due to “unacceptable behaviour” from the local TV station N1TV, she has apologized by saying she had “panicked”.