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.http://themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=E46FB273F0644330240102DB&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News

Amir Khan accused of bad Muslim example

British boxer Amir Khan is setting a bad example to Muslims according to the radical self-proclaimed cleric Omar Bakri Mohammad. Living in Lebanon, it was reported that he said: “Amir Khan is not a good example for Muslims. He wears shorts with the Union Jack. That is a sin. “He should not be wearing the flag because sovereignty is for God. His only allegiance should be to the Prophet Mohammed.” The Commonwealth lightweight title-holder, who is from Bolton, Lancashire, is draped with the Union Flag in photos on his official website and often wears shorts featuring the emblem. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) called Bakri Mohammad’s comments “bizarre”. Inayat Bunglawala, assistant secretary general of MCB, said: “He’s a hugely successful boxer, proud of being Muslim and British. I can see why that could upset Omar Bakri, but to hundreds of thousands of British Muslims, Amir Khan is a wonderful role model.”http://www.themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=72EE34F172E2C1B2A28320F2&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News