Khan: PM call floored 9/11 visa ban

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Published: Saturday 17th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Of all the people to have on speed dial, the Prime Minister may be one of the best to help out in a tight spot.

That certainly proved to be the case for champion boxer Amir Khan, who revealed to the Times Weekend section how he called David Cameron when he was refused a visa to travel to the US on September 11 last year.

The Bolton-born fighter, who recently visited the site of a school massacre in Peshawar, Pakistan, was due to commentate on US television on a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana, but was told he could not fly.

Khan, 28, said: “I was flying out on September 11. I think that the American immigration guys get edgy. They just told me my visa was refused and I couldn’t get on the plane.

“David Cameron takes my calls. He is a good friend … I rang him and said I had a bit of a problem. He said, ‘Hold on a minute’ and then he called me back and it was sorted.

“I also met Hillary Clinton in Washington DC and she asked me if I’d had problems, took my name and I haven’t had any problems since. It’s good to have those influential connections. I am grateful for what boxing has given me.”

Published: Saturday 17th January 2015 by The News Editor

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