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Muslim man ‘forced off Tube after commuter complained he was using his iPad suspiciously’

  • Commuter complained when man turned off his iPad when he looked over 
  • Appalled witnesses stood up for Muslim man and called commuter ‘racist’
  • Shocked Passenger had to leave Piccadilly line train near Finsbury Park
  • Islamophobia watchdog said such discrimination is commonly faced 

A Muslim man was allegedly kicked off the Underground after a fellow passenger said he was using his iPad ‘suspiciously’.

The accusations were made after the man turned off his tablet when the commuter had turned to look at it, on a Piccadilly line train.

Appalled onlookers tried to stand up for the accused and called the commuter a racist, but he carried on with his complaint and the Muslim passenger left the train near Finsbury Park.

As the Tube Strike nears it's end commuters make their way home as things slowly get back to normal with some tube trains running.  Passengers on the Northern Line. PICTURE BY: NIGEL HOWARD Email:

One witness who would only be named as Jonny, said the man accusing was unphased even when other people got involved in the dispute.

Jonny from Wood Green, told the Evening Standard that he felt ‘sad and angry’ by what he saw.

He said: ‘There was a guy stood up, dressed smartly with a man bag.

‘He wasn’t being overtly aggressive but he had clearly taken offence to something another passenger had done.

 ‘I saw people reacting so I took my headphones off and realised he was asking someone who looked Arabic to get off the train amongst other things because he felt threatened by him.

‘Apparently he had turned off his iPad as the smartly dressed man had looked at it, this was deemed to be ‘suspicious’ in his eyes.’


He added: ‘A couple of women, one sitting down, one standing up immediately interjected; the Arabic man looked pretty shocked and clearly didn’t know what to do.

‘I think he wanted to fight his corner but, thankfully plenty of people stood in between and stopped anything escalating.’

‘It made me pretty sad and angry to actually see an incident like that but also the reaction of the people coming together to vastly outnumber a bigot was pretty heart-warming.’

Fiyaz Mughal, director of Islamophobia watchdog


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