Amir Khan receives death threats for posting photo of Christmas tree
Amir Khan was bombarded by threats and trolling messages after he posted a picture of his Christmas tree online
The welterweight champion, who is a devout Muslim, put up Christmas tree and manifold decorations for his daughter while she was asleep and shared the images on Instagram.
He posted, “While everyone’s asleep, daddy put the Christmas tree up. Lamaisah’s going to be happy.”
The former world champ, who is a practising Muslim, shared a video of the tree decorated in lights for his three-year-old daughter Lamaisah.
The post led to a horrific backlash from some of his followers, who posted abusive and threatening messages in response.
However, the boxer, 31, received abuse after posting the image, with critics slamming him for celebrating Christmas as a Muslim.
‘I promise to god I want to kill you and your family Amir,’ read one threatening tweet, which has since been deleted.
Some accused Khan of ‘betraying’ Islam, while another told Khan he should ‘go to hell’ for putting up the tree.
However, many jumped to his defence, with one supporter saying:
An Instagram user wrote, “He hasn’t put the tree up to be offensive, his done it for his little girl, she is being brought up in a western country, and will see all her friends and places around her with them. Have you seen how many tress there are up all over Dubai and other Muslim countries? Saying he should die is way over the top!”
Although many of his 1.2million followers has kind words and compliments over the sparkling tree, others accused the boxing champ of confusing his child.
The fighter is expecting a second child with wife Faryal Makhdoom and plans to return to the boxing ring in March.
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