Amir Khan speaks about Union Flag controversy

    Boxer Amir Khan spoke out for the first time over the controversy surrounding his Union Flag shorts. Exiled radical cleric Omar Bakri Mohammad launched a tirade against the Bolton-born Olympic silver medallist accusing him of setting a bad example to Muslims. “He wears shorts with the Union Jack. That is a sin,” Omar Bakri, who left London for Lebanon in 2005, was reported as saying. “He should not be wearing the flag because sovereignty is for God. His only allegiance should be to the Prophet Mohammed.” Politicians and senior British Muslims leapt to Khan’s defence, with Muslim Council of Britain general secretary Inayat Bunglawala describing Amir as “a wonderful role model”. Khan hit back at a press conference ahead of Saturday’s lightweight fight with Dane Martin Kristjansen at his Gloves gym in Prince Street, Halliwell. “I am not going to change,” he told reporters.

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