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Refugee and Schalke fan fights racism by cycling with beer on his head

Germany, Gelsenkirchen
August 26, 2019 at 08:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

As FC Schalke fans were gathering in the German city of Gelsenkirchen on Saturday ahead of their squad's clash with FC Bayern, one of the fans, Mohammed Mohammed, stood out, as he was riding around on his bicycle with a beer cup on his head.

Nigerian refugee Mohammed found an unconventional way to fight racism and integrate into the German society by joining Schalke FC fan club and carrying a beer cup on his head, which, as he thinks, helps him to make people smile.

Mohammed said that carrying things on a head "is common practice in Africa, but I hadn't done it for years, but when I started doing it with Schalke and I found people were responding positively to it, I thought it was a good idea."

Working as a caregiver for a disabled person, Mohammed is convinced that sitting at home doesn't help with assimilation and integration and adds that joining a fan club and attracting people's attention with his stunt helps him to connect with the society.

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As FC Schalke fans were gathering in the German city of Gelsenkirchen on Saturday ahead of their squad's clash with FC Bayern, one of the fans, Mohammed Mohammed, stood out, as he was riding around on his bicycle with a beer cup on his head.

Nigerian refugee Mohammed found an unconventional way to fight racism and integrate into the German society by joining Schalke FC fan club and carrying a beer cup on his head, which, as he thinks, helps him to make people smile.

Mohammed said that carrying things on a head "is common practice in Africa, but I hadn't done it for years, but when I started doing it with Schalke and I found people were responding positively to it, I thought it was a good idea."

Working as a caregiver for a disabled person, Mohammed is convinced that sitting at home doesn't help with assimilation and integration and adds that joining a fan club and attracting people's attention with his stunt helps him to connect with the society.

W/S Schalke fan Mohammed Mohammed passing by other Schalke fans in Gelsenkirchen

M/S Mohammed riding bike with beer cup on his head

M/S Mohammed riding bike with beer cup on his head

M/S Mohammed and person posing for photo

C/U Mohammed pouring beer in cup

M/S Mohammed putting beer cup on his head

M/S Mohammed walking with beer cup on his head

M/S Mohammed walking with beer cup his head

W/S Mohammed walking with beer cup his head

W/S People

M/S Mohammed putting cup on boy's head and then on his own

W/S Schalke fans

SOT, Mohammed Mohammed, Schalke fan and refugee (Arabic): "I got to know Schalke from a friend, and then I became a fan. For me the important thing is to assimilate and take part in the society, to play a role in the society, not to just sit at home and not to have any interactions with the society and I found Schalke to be a good team, so I joined them."

C/U Mohammed with beer cup on his head *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Mohammed Mohammed, Schalke fan and refugee (Arabic): "I chose beer, because when I put something on my head, and people see me, they tend to smile, sometimes when I walk into a place, people would look at me weirdly, but when you do something like this, it makes them smile, they open up to you more."

C/U Mohammed's hands *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Mohammed Mohammed, Schalke fan and refugee (Arabic) "This (carrying something on the head) is common practice in Africa, but I hadn't done it for years, but when I started doing it with Schalke and I found people were responding positively to it, I thought it was a good idea, so I would do it to connect with people, when people would see me like this, there wouldn't be any racism, now we are here, we can talk with people, no one sees me as a weird one, or says anything bad to me."

W/S Mohammed riding bike with beer cup

W/S Mohammed riding bike with beer cup

W/S Schalke fans

C/U Beer cup

SOT, Mohammed Mohammed, Schalke fan and refugee (Arabic): "I don't drink beer, I used to but now I'm worried about my belly."

C/U Mohammed *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Mohammed Mohammed, Schalke fan and refugee (Arabic): "When a person travels from country to country he faces difficulties with assimilating, with [integrating into] a new culture, a new society, a new life, it is not easy to get used to it, but day after day you get used to it."

W/S People

W/S Mohammed riding bike with beer cup on his head

W/S Mohammed with beer cup on his head accompanying person on wheelchair

W/S Mohammed with beer cup on his head accompanying person on wheelchair

M/S Mohammed with beer cup on his head accompanying person on wheelchair

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