Bouncer racially abused said it felt ‘worse than having knife pulled on him’

A doorman who faced a racist tirade from a female pubgoer said it "affected me more" than having a knife pulled on him.

Power lifting champion Tristan Price, 26, ejected the woman from the Figure of Eight pub in Birmingham on Saturday, May 22.

She was then caught losing her temper on video, spitting and using racist slurs, including the n-word.

A 24-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of racial abuse.

Tristan, 26, has since spoken out about the incident.

He told Birmingham Live: “I don't want to bring trouble to her door but this behaviour needs to be called out.

“It is completely unacceptable. People have killed themselves because of the racial abuse they suffer, and we can't be silent about it."

Tristan is a power lifting champion and machine operative by day, and had been working as doorman for just over a year before the incident.

He continued: “I have had a knife pulled on me while at work, which was pretty shocking.

“But this was worse, it affected me more because it was so vicious.

"Too often when we speak up about racism like this it is brushed away but it's a big issue and we need to talk about it."

Tristan initially did not want to talk about the incident, partly to protect the woman.

He decided to speak out to try and protect his three nephews and baby niece from racist abuse in the future.

Tristan added: “I like to hope that people will not judge me or anyone by the colour of our skin.

“If someone can say that to me she could equally say that to these beautiful little kids and that is just not acceptable."

Tristan has twice won British powerlifting titles, competing in the 100kg weight category, and is about to take on his third British championship event.

He is also building up a following as a rapper and grime artist in the city.

During the earlier, unconnected, incident as a security guard, a pubgoer pulled out a knife on him after he was ejected.

Tristan said: “That went out of my head more quickly to be honest – it felt easier to deal with, the adrenaline kicked in, it was dealt with and then forgotten.

"This was different. It stayed with me, it really affected me in a different way."

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