Travelling thousands of miles to offer support to his country’s team in World Cup 2014 Brazil, British Muslim actor Riz Ahmed has claimed that he was racially abused during England’s game against Uruguay when another fan silenced him while singing patriotic chants.
“I was at São Paulo stadium, edge of seat, singing Eng-er-land. Half time I get racist abuse from England fan. 2nd half, I just can't sing it,” Ahmed, who is of Pakistani origin, wrote on his Twitter account on Friday, June 20.
England played its second match in World Cup Brazil 2014 against Uruguay in Sao Paulo on Thursday.
The match ended in a bitter defeat for England 2-1, however, Ahmed’s bitter feelings were aggravated after he was hushed by another English fan in the stadium.
Following the match enthusiastically, the Reluctant Fundamentalist star was singing in support of Roy Hodgson’s team during their game against Uruguay at the Corinthians Arena in São Paulo on Thursday night when he was verbally attacked.
Before the match, the star expressed his joy at the apparent lack of racist attitudes in Brazil.
He wrote: “Best thing about Brazil? Yours truly brown dude with beard can shout ingil-TERRA without causing security alerts.”
Growing up in Wembley, north London, the 31-year-old Ahmed has attended Oxford University and Central School of Speech and Drama.
His Pakistani origin has helped him to tackle the issue of racial discrimination and prejudice in a number of songs and films including is 2006 satirical rap ‘Post 9/11 Blues’, 2010 film Four Lions and 2012 Reluctant Fundamentalist.
Ahmed is not the first celebrity to face racist attacks at football matches which have even seen fans hurling abuse at their own players.
Mario Ballotelli was racially abused by Italian supporters while training with his national side for the World Cup last month while just weeks before AC Milan players were pelted with bananas by the crowd.
In April, Sepp Blatter, FIFA presidents, spoke out against shutting stadiums as punishment for racist fans but urged football associations to support point deductions instead.