4-time Olympic champion Mo Farah and Haile Gebrselassie are concerned in a dispute over an alleged theft at a lodge belonging to the Ethiopian athletics nice in Addis Ababa.
The Briton stated he had cash, a watch and two telephones taken from his room, and that Gebrselassie didn’t assist him.
“I was just disappointed with Haile,” stated 36-year-old Farah.
Gebrselassie, 46, responded by accusing Farah of “blackmail” and “defaming” his status and enterprise.
Farah made the claims on the media preview occasion of Sunday’s London Marathon.
“Just to be honest, it’s Haile who owns the hotel and when you stay for three months in that hotel, it was very disappointing to know that someone who has that hotel and that kind of support couldn’t do nothing,” stated Farah, who had been coaching in Ethiopia.
Gebrselassie accuses Farah of ‘disgraceful conduct’
Farah alleged that the gadgets have been stolen on 23 March.
In a press release despatched to BBC Sport through his agent, double Olympic 10,000m champion Gebrselassie stated he was contemplating taking authorized motion in opposition to Farah.
He stated a textual content message he acquired from Farah earlier than the London Marathon information convention was an try and “blackmail” him.
Gebrselassie stated visitors staying at his lodge are requested to declare if they’re carrying greater than $350 (£271) in money, so that they may very well be given the choice of conserving the cash in a protected field or give it to officers for safe-keeping.
He claimed that Farah selected to carry on to his cash, which meant his lodge was not legally accountable for it.
Gebrselassie stated the alleged theft was reported and that 5 of the lodge’s workers have been investigated however launched with out cost, including that police “found nothing on the reported robbery case”.
Gebrselassie, who received 4 world titles, stated Farah was given a 50% low cost on his lodge charges, however left with out paying his service invoice of Ethiopian Birr 81,000 (£2,170).
He additionally stated his lodge employees reported “disgraceful conduct” by Farah and his entourage and that he was reported to the police for “attacking a married athlete in the gym”.
Gebrselassie stated a felony cost was dropped due to his personal mediation position.
‘Farah needs matter resolved’
In response to Gebrselassie’s claims, a spokesperson for Farah stated: “Mo is upset with this assertion and the continued reluctance by the lodge and its proprietor to take duty for this theft.
“Mo disputes all of those claims, that are an effort to distract from the state of affairs, the place members of his lodge employees used a room key and stole cash and gadgets from Mo Farah’s room (there was no protected because it was defective, and Mo requested a brand new one).
“Police studies affirm the incident and the lodge admitted duty and have been in contact with Mo’s authorized advisor.
“The lodge even supplied to pay Mo the quantity stolen, solely to withdraw the supply when he prematurely left the lodge and moved to different lodging resulting from safety considerations.
“Despite many attempts to discuss this issue privately with Mr Gebrselassie, he did not respond but now that he has, we would welcome him or his legal team getting in touch so that this matter can be resolved.”