Refugee father tripped over by camerawoman lands football job in Spain

'It's a dream come true'

Refugee's Triumph: Tripped Syrian Lands Job in Spain
The Syrian refugee and his son tripped over by a Hungarian camerawoman causing international outrage have been welcomed in Spain.

Osama Alabed Al-Mohsen and his son Zied became a symbol of the refugee crisis after a video emerged of a Hungarian camerawoman, Petra Laszlo, tripping him over as he ran with Zied in his arms. Laszlo has since been sacked by N1TV following the incident.

Mr Al-Mohsen, who used to be a football coach before he left Syria, will now continue his career coaching at a football school in Getafe, a suburb of Madrid. Miguel Angel Galan, director of the school, said officials had decided to "help a fellow coach".

The father and son were also given a tour of Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium by club President Florentino Perez. They will also be official guests when Real Madrid play Granada on Saturday.

Fresh start

"It's a dream come true," said Mr A-Mohsen, who is from the ISIS-conquered region of Deir ez-Zor in Syria.

"I love Real Madrid, they're my favourite team and my whole family's too. I'm very grateful for the welcome given to us by the president. In Syria we dreamed of seeing a Real Madrid match, and now that's going to come true. I'm really happy."

Speaking about the incident with the camerawoman, he told El Mundo newspaper: "The journalist's kick was scary and hard. My feeling was surprise. And then pain when I saw the fear and panic in the face of my son. Zaid cried for two hours. I was terrified."