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Farah hotel row boils over.

HAILE GEBRSELASSIE has escalated his extraordinary war of words with Sir Mo Farah by claiming Farah 'punched and kicked' a husband and wife during a stay in his Ethiopian hotel.

The double Olympic champion has said Farah had an altercation at the hotel gym with a married couple.

Speaking to newspaper reporters ahead of Sunday's London Marathon, Farah had earlier criticised Gebrselassie over an alleged robbery in a hotel owned by the retired Ethiopian in which he claims he had a watch, two phones and money stolen.

But Gebrselassie says several witnesses saw four-time Olympic champion Farah clash with the husband and wife in the gym at the hotel.

"Farah said to him: 'Why are you following me?'" Gebrselassie told the Guardian. "The guy said he wasn't - and that he was just doing his work.

"Immediately Farah punched them and kicked them by foot. Especially the husband. There were lots of witnesses."

Farah disputes all the allegations and the row comes after he claimed he had PS2,600 in cash in four currencies stolen, as well as a TAG watch and two mobile phones. Farah said Gebrselassie did not return his messages about the incident, and said: "I just want him to take responsibility for getting my stuff back."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Express and Star (Wolverhampton, England)
Date:Apr 26, 2019
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