UK: ‘Non-Muslim’ father and son banned from London pool
April 21, 2008 by asgard14.
A father has described his anger after he and his son were refused entry to their local swimming pool because they weren’t Muslims.
David Toube and Harry, five, were turned away by staff from the men-only session.
The council has now admitted that workers at Clissold Leisure Centre in Hackney, north London, made a mistake and offered the family an apology.
Mr Toube, 39, a lawyer, said they visited the baths at 9am on Sunday.
“I arrived at the pool to discover that they were holding what staff described to me as ‘Muslim men-only swimming’,” he said.
“I asked whether my son and I could go as we were both male. I was told that the session was for Muslims only and that we could not be admitted.”
Mr Toube then spoke to the duty manager, who confirmed he could not enter.