Written by Staff Writer
22 Sep, 2015 | 4:55 pm
In another touching development in the story of the Syrian migrant tripped by a Hungarian journalist, his young son received the acclaim of thousands of football fans in the Spanish capital, as he was led on to the pitch by Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Earlier this month, Osama Abdul Mohsen was running through a field close to the Hungarian border, carrying his eight-year-old son, Zaid, when he was tripped by camerawoman Petra Laszlo. The video of the incident sparked international outrage and Laszlo was fired by her network.
Last week, it was revealed that the father and son were offered a new life in Madrid after a football academy offered Mohsen — a former coach — a job and a place to live.
At the weekend, ahead of Real Madrid’s league match with Granada, Zaid appeared dressed in football kit as a mascot. He was given a round of applause by the crowd as he walked out of the tunnel with Ronaldo at the 81,000-capacity Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
All of the Real players wore T-shirts showing support for the refugees. The Spanish club has announced it will donate 1 million euros ($1.13 million) to ease their plight.
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