Cristiano Ronaldo Brings Tripped Syrian Refugee Boy Onto Soccer Field
By Khaama Press - Sun Sep 20 2015, 11:50 pm
The stars of Real Madrid including Cristiano Ronaldo greeted the Syrian refugee family whose plight was made famous when they were tripped by a Hungarian camerawoman.
The Syrian refugee Osama Abdel-Muhsen Al-Ghadab was invited by Madrid together with his sons Mohammad, 18, and Zaid, seven, to the match, which Madrid won 1-0 against Granada.
They were invited to the game as part of a wonderful show of support where they received plenty of applause from the Bernabeu crowd.
“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 statement further added “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.”
Mohsen is a former coach of Syrian first division side Al-Fotuwa and has been offered a job at the CENAFE coaches’ training school run by Galan.
Al-Ghadab was among the scores of refugees fleeing the border in Hungary when he was deliberately kicked by the camerawoman Petra Laszlo.
She was immediately fired after the footage went viral in the media showing Mr. Al-Ghadab screaming in disbelief after he falls on top of the boy as they tumble to the ground with man carrying all his belongings with him.