Syrian family tripped by Hungarian camerawoman meet Real Madrid

Osama Abdul Mohsen and his sons Mohammad and Zaid pose with Real Madrid players, goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, Russian midfielder Denis Cheryshev, Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese defender Pepe, Croatian midfielder Luka Modric, German midfielder Toni Kroos and midfielder Lucas during a training session at Valdebebas training ground
Image caption Osama Abdul Mohsen and his sons Mohammad and Zaid pose with Real Madrid players, goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, Russian midfielder Denis Cheryshev, Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese defender Pepe, Croatian midfielder Luka Modric, German midfielder Toni Kroos and midfielder Lucas during a training session at Valdebebas training ground

The family of the Syrian man who was tripped up by a Hungarian camerawoman as they fled across the border at Röszke got the chance to meet Real Madrid on Friday, after the incident shone a light on their story.

Osama Abdul Mohsen fell while running across the Serbia-Hungary border last week.

He said he and his seven-year-old son Zaid had endured a difficult journey to Europe, after meeting with another son, 18-year-old Mohammad, who had already reached Europe by boat.

The Syrian refugee family were running across the Hungarian border
Image caption The Syrian refugee family were running across the Hungarian border
"The journalist's kick was scary and hard," he told El Mundo
Image caption "The journalist's kick was scary and hard," he told El Mundo

The family arrived by train in Madrid this week.

Osama Abdul Mohsen (3rd R), the Syrian refugee who made world headlines when a Hungarian journalist tripped him over as he fled, poses with his sons Zaid (L) and Mohamed (2nd R) and two representatives of the Spanish football coaching school CENAFE at Atocha train station in Madrid
Image caption Osama Abdul Mohsen (3rd R), the Syrian refugee who made world headlines when a Hungarian journalist tripped him over as he fled, poses with his sons Zaid (L) and Mohamed (2nd R) and two representatives of the Spanish football coaching school CENAFE at Atocha train station in Madrid

Real Madrid arranged for the family to meet the players this week and invited them to the stadium to watch the match against Granada on Saturday.

In a statement released by the club, Osama said "Real Madrid are my team, and my whole family's too"

Osama Abdul Mohsen made headlines when he was crossing the Hungary border

"In Syria we dreamed of seeing a Real Madrid match, and now that's going to come true. I'm really happy".

Mr Mohsen, who coached a football team in Syria, has now been offered a job at a sports school near Madrid.

He has said he was "very, very happy" to be in Spain, and said he hoped his wife and two other children, who are in a refugee camp in Turkey, would be able to join him.

r Mohsen, who coached a football team in Syria, has now been offered a job at a sports school near Madrid.

The Hungarian journalist who was filmed kicking and tripping migrants near the Serbian border has apologised and insisted she is not a "heartless, racist, child-kicking camerawoman".

Petra Laszlo said in a letter to the Magyar Nemzet newspaper (in Hungarian) that "something snapped" in her as migrants broke through a police cordon.

She said that she reacted out of panic and felt she had to "defend herself".

Prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into the incident.

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