A Muslim family representing England in the European Chess Championships in Austria have alleged that they have been the victims of racism, Islamophobia and hate. 13-year-old Yusuf Bin-Suhayl was attacked and left bleeding by the mother of a fellow English competitor.
The situation was so bad for the family that they required a police escort to their hotel and tournament.
Father, Sohale Rahman has made numerous complaints to the English Chess Federation but to no avail.
Throughout the competition the Rahman family who have three children representing England have been subjected to bullying and hate crime, according to Sohale. The youngest member of the family taking part is just 7-years-old.
Mother, Tomasina Contu, was spat on when she asked the father of one English competitor not to bully her son.
“It is of no coincidence that Tomasina wears a hijab,” said husband Sohale.
The problems seem to have started from when the family asked for halal meals for themselves.
Father Sohale Rahman said, “I cannot believe my family has been subjected to so much racism and Islamophobia and the English Chess Federation has just stood by and done nothing.”
When contacted the English Chess Federation said, “We are aware of certain allegations in relation to some members of the English delegation in a youth tournament in Austria,” and that they are taking the allegations, “extremely seriously.”
The ECF also confirmed the involvement of the Austrian police.
Sohale also alleges that even after paying for the trip adequate arrangements were not made for them and no halal food was provided.
“I was just told to change hotel and find a restaurant if I did not like it,” exclaimed Sohale.
The Islamic Human Rights Commission has taken up the campaign for the Rahman family saying that they want to see those responsible for Islamophobia, “brought to justice.”
Chair of IHRC, Massoud Shadjareh, said, “This is a shocking case of racism and Islamophobia and one that should not go unnoticed, the children are so young and should not be subjected to such hate.”