Amir Khan removed from flight by cops over complaint about Covid face mask as boxer protests his innocence

BOXER Amir Khan has complained that he and a friend were kicked off a flight after an issue with his pal’s face mask. 

The former world champion was travelling from New York to Colorado Springs to start his training camp ahead of his next fight. 

Khan, 34,  posted a video to Twitter, explaining that he was told that his pals mask was not pulled up high enough on his face before they were both removed from the plane by cops. 

He added: "I was taken off the plane today when I was going to training camp in Colorado Springs by police.

"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.

"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.

"I've never seen this happen before and I'm heartbroken."

Khan, who is expected to face rival Kell Brook in what could be his final fight, has not fought for over two years after beating  Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia.

The boxer had considered retiring, but looks set to finally settle his rivalry with Brook who is also nearing the end of his career.

Brook has fought just twice in the last three years and lost his last bout to undefeated world champion Terence Crawford.

Bolton ace Khan has always felt his 2004 Olympic silver medal and mainstream USA appeal puts him streaks ahead of his Sheffield rival and former IBF king.

But 35-year-old Brook has finally tempted the former light-welter champ into a spiteful straightener that should send both proven ring heroes into retirement.

Following Brook’s bitter split with promoter Eddie Hearn last year, Khan met with the Matchroom boss on Tuesday in an effort to do business.

And the Matchroom kingpin, now running his fights on streaming app DAZN instead of Sky Sports, admits both men are working hard to flog the fight to the highest bidder.

The Sun has contacted American Airlines for a comment

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