Mo Farah upset with British teammate Andy Vernon questioning his nationality

Double Olympic and World champion Mo Farah has claimed that after winning the European 10,000-metre gold, his Great Britainteammate Andy Vernon questioned his nationality.

ANI| Updated: Feb 21, 2015, 15:08 PM IST
Mo Farah upset with British teammate Andy Vernon questioning his nationality

London: Double Olympic and World champion Mo Farah has claimed that after winning the European 10,000-metre gold, his Great Britainteammate Andy Vernon questioned his nationality.

Somalia-born Farah, who beat his fellow Briton to the 2014 title, insisted that Vernon suggested that he did not deserve the win because he was not European.

However, Vernon has revealed that this was a huge, huge misrepresentation, adding that all he said, in a complete joking fashion, was that he was the European champion, The BBC reported.

Vernon said that he considers Farah to be British and has called for the pair to act like men and move on, insisting that he hopes that his teammate breaks the two-mile record at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday.

The nationality claims were made by Farah when he was quizzed on Friday about a row the pair had on Twitter earlier in the week.

Farah has apologised but claimed that their past contributed to his frustrations.

The Olympic champion branded Vernon an 'embarrassment' after he criticised the lack of high-level competition to face Farah in Birmingham.

Farah claimed that they were sitting together after the European 10,000-metre and there were a number of staff and athletes there, adding that one comment Vernon made, which he didn't really like, was to say that he should have won the gold.

Vernon rejected the suggestion that he had effectively called his team-mate a plastic Brit in Zurich, adding that he had said in a complete joking fashion when they were all round the table, with a few other people, in good spirits having a laugh and a joke, that he was European champion.

Vernon insisted that Farah laughed at the time and they laughed about it and carried on the conversation, that was it. He insisted that it was in jest and he meant nothing by it.