Refugee Kicked By Camerawoman Gets Job as Soccer Coach in Spain

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By Henry Austin

The Syrian refugee who was tripped by a Hungarian camerawoman has been offered a job at a school for soccer coaches in Spain.

"I love you, I love Madrid,” said Osama Abdul Mohsen after stepping off a train in the Spanish capital with his sons Mohammad, 16, and Zaid, seven. “Thank you for all. This is very, very important for my life. I am here with you. Thank you very much."

After finding out that he had coached soccer in Syria, members of Spain’s Cenafe national soccer coaching center decided to help him by providing transport and a place for to stay while he rebuilds his life.

Abdul Mohsen told NBC News on Tuesday that his wife Muntaha, 38, eldest son Almuhannad, 18, and their 13-year-old daughter Doua'a, had stayed in Mersin, Turkey, where the family fled from Syria in 2012.

Cenafe dispatched a Moroccan trainee to help Abdul Mohsen and his sons get to Spain. They had been staying at a hotel in Munich, Germany.

The school's president Miguel Angel Galan said that the fact that the 52-year-old was a soccer coach led to “solidarity because we are colleagues.”

He said that financial aid had been allocated for projects and they would try and invest it by paying for Abdul Mohsen’s “home and upkeep.”