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Boxing star Amir Khan was left “disgusted” after he was hauled off of a flight over an issue with the size of a friend’s facemask. The former world champion revealed he was travelling from New York to Colorado Springs to begin preparations ahead of his next planned fight.
Khan uploaded a video to Twitter to express his dismay with the situation.
“I was taken off the plane today when I was going to training camp in Colorado Springs by police,” explained Khan in the video.
“A complaint was made by American Airlines staff, they said my colleague’s mask was not high enough and not up, that they had to stop the plane and take me and my friend off when I did nothing wrong.
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“They kicked us both off. I was sat at 1A and he was sat in 1B. I find it disgusting and disrespectful, I was supposed to go to Colorado Springs for a training camp and now I’m back in New York for another day and I have to reschedule another plane to travel back to training camp.
“It’s really upsetting; there was no reason and I’m so disgusted that American Airlines would do this and ban me from travelling. There must be cameras that they can see to see if I or my colleague were bad in any way or caused. a scene in any way.
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“I’ve never seen this happen before and I’m heartbroken.”
American Airlines tweeted a response to Khan, stating: “We want all of our customers to feel welcome each and every time they fly with us.”
Now aged 34, Khan is expected to close out his career with a grudge match against long-time domestic rival Kell Brook.
The pair have flirted around a showdown to iron out their personal issues, but so far, the all-British clash has failed to materialise.
Khan has been out of the ring for over two years since destroying Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia.
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Brook has been just as inactive, fighting just twice in the past three years. He was defeated by undefeated world champion Terence Crawford in his most recent outing.
It’s not anticipated that the pair will finally pen terms to settle their war of words in front of fans in the near future.
Despite the pair’s inactivity, Brook was adamant that a fight between the pair remains “the biggest” in British boxing.
“Aside from AJ vs Tyson Fury, it is still the biggest fight in British boxing,” said the former IBF welterweight world champion. “And I still think everyone will get very excited about this fight. I have always wanted that fight and I think he finally wants it now too.”
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