The man responsible for comments that offended the nation of Kyrgyzstan was warned his actions could have started a war.
That is what Michael McFeat has revealed Kyrgyz police told him in light of his mocking one of the nation’s delicacies.
McFeat compared a horsemeat sausage, known as ‘chuchuk’, to a horse’s penis before having to leave Kumtor goldmine due to safety concerns.
Speaking to the Sunday Post McFeat said:
The police told me my act could send Kyrgyzstan to war with the UK.
He also revealed the harrowing story of how he was hunted by an angry mob, before finally being arrested under racial hatred laws.
Fleeing the mine in the back of an ambulance McFeat was abandoned by security for fear they would be killed by those chasing them.
They were ramming us, trying to kill us. We stopped and five of them came out with something in their hands. I wasn’t sure if they were guns or knives or clubs, so I hid in the boot. The driver put the jeep into reverse and fled. They ended up chasing us all around the town.
They said, ‘Someone will come for you’. It was pitch black and I could hear cars screeching around looking for me. I didn’t know if I’d be rescued or if I’d been left to die. I thought, ‘I’m not going to get out of this.
A new security team eventually found McFeat and got him to Manas Airport in Bishkek, but before making it into the air he was arrested. After apologising in court he was flown to Edinburgh.
He has also offered an apology for his comments via Facebook.
McFeat is now banned from entering Kyrgyzstan for five years, although based on his experience I’d probably leave it a little longer before heading back.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.