Former world champion boxer Amir Khan has complained he was removed from his flight on Saturday after a issue with his friend’s face mask.
In a video posted to Twitter, Khan said he was travelling from New York to Colorado Springs to begin his training camp for his next fight.
He said he was told his colleague’s mask was not pulled up high enough on his face before both he and Khan were taken from the flight by police.
Khan, who is expected to face rival Kell Brook in what could be his final fight, 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, 34, has not boxed for over two years, since he stopped Billy Dib in a one-sided fight in Saudi Arabia.
He had contemplated retirement but now looks set to finally settle his rivalry with Brook who, at 35, 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.
He and Khan have held talks with Eddie Hearn over staging their grudge match on DAZN but the bout is more likely to be screened on Sky Sports at the end of this year or early in 2022.
The Mirror has contacted American Airlines for comment.