British boxer Amir Khan has claimed he was 'picked on' and 'did nothing wrong' when he was kicked off an American Airlines flight by US police after an alleged row about face coverings.
The 34-year-old had been flying to a training camp in Colorado from New York when he and a friend were removed by police escorts after someone complained his colleague's mask 'was not high enough'.
But the boxer said his 'mask was always up' and he 'did not argue' with flight attendants when they asked his friend to lift his mask up.
Speaking to Kay Burley on Sky News today, Khan described how he was 'treated so badly' by airline staff during the incident.
He also said it took place a week before the anniversary of the September 11 attacks and 'things were a little bit tense.'
Amir Khan claimed he was 'picked on' and 'did nothing wrong' when he was kicked off an American Airlines flight by US police
The boxer said his 'mask was always up' and he 'did not argue' with flight attendants when they asked his friend to lift his mask up
He said: 'I got on the plane and I was sat on seat number 1A and 1B was for my friend who was coming to train with me.
'As soon as I was on the plane I was on a phone call and the stewardess said to put my phone call down - which I did. I put it down I didn't argue. I had my mask on and everything was fine.
'My friend must have been drinking some water and put his mask down a little bit. The lady then came and said ''please you need to put your mask up''. It must have been a little bit lower, just below his nose and he fixed that.
'And then the plane is moving now so I'm leaning on the side of the window and trying to fall asleep. I was on my way to Colorado for my training camp and then the plane for some reason stops and when it stops I pull up the window to see what has happened.