Amir Khan accused of repeatedly flouting rules before being removed from plane

Former world champion Amir Khan was removed from a flight by police after allegedly breaking the airline’s rules repeatedly.

Khan was travelling to Colorado Springs from New York to begin his training camp.

The Brit is expected to fight rival Kell Brook in what will likely be his final fight as a professional boxer.

The 34-year-old was told his colleague’s mask was not high enough on his face – and the two were subsequently removed from the plane.

American Airlines released a statement suggesting Khan and his friend had refused to comply with the rules before they were asked to leave the flight.

“Prior to takeoff, American Airlines Flight 700, with service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), returned to the gate to deplane two customers who reportedly refused to comply with repeated crew member requests to stow luggage, place cell phones in airplane mode and adhere to federal face covering requirements,” a spokesman told The Mirror.

Our Customer Relations team is reaching out to Mr. Khan to learn more about his experience and reinforce the importance of policies implemented for the safety of our customers and crew.”

The airline’s response comes after Khan posted a video explaining his situation on social media.

In a video posted to Twitter, Khan said: “I was taken off the plane today when I was going to training camp in Colorado Springs by police.

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“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.”

The Bolton boxer has not fought for over two years, with his last bout coming in Saudi Arabia when he comfortably defeated Billy Dib.

With retirement on the horizon, it appears Khan is set to finally end his rivalry with Brook, who is nearing the end of his own career.

Brook, 35, lost his last clash to world champion Terence Crawford, one of just two fights in the last three years.

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