Metrolink commuters in Manchester were left shocked on Monday after a fellow passenger reportedly launched a sickening rant against two women because they were wearing headscarves.
In the clip, the man can be heard saying: “I am going to set you on fire. I’m from Salford me.
“Bring another immigrant into our town I will roast you. I will set you on fire.
“Bring another immigrant to Salford, I will set you on fire.”
Witnesses on the tram said the outburst was aimed at the two females, believed to be aged between 18 and 21.
Refusing to let the man get away with launching the abusive tirade against the women, another commuter confronted the passenger only to be subjected to a verbal attack himself.
Speaking to MEN the second victim said he was left disgusted by the incident.
The Pakistani Muslim added he was disappointed none of the other commuters on the service travelling from Piccadilly Gardens to Market Street had stood up to confront the abusive male.
He said: “Two Muslim girls were wearing headscarves. A white male who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol was threatening to burn them and saying get out of Manchester.
“He started calling me a P**i b*****d. He didn’t know I was filming. I am a Pakistani Muslim.”
The man, who had asked to remain anonymous, added: “I was quite disgusted, to be honest. Everyone around was just silent, that made it even worse.
“There was one other white male who did tell him to calm down. I think it wasn’t because they were agreeing with him but that they felt threatened.
“It is disgusting for it to happen in a diverse city like Manchester. It needs to be stopped, people think it is okay to get onto the tram and do it.”
Following the incident, the footage of the sickening abuse was handed over to the Greater Manchester Police and it is being treated as a hate crime.
A GMP spokesman said: “Police received a report of a hate incident in relation to what happened on the Metrolink at Piccadilly Gardens on November 28. Enquiries are ongoing.”
No arrests have been made at this stage and police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.