Thursday, November 03, 2016
Olympic star Louis Smith banned by British Gymnastics over leaked video of him mocking Islam
But you can mock Christianity all you like, of course
Olympic silver medallist Louis Smith has been suspended for two months by British Gymnastics over a controversial video leaked online that showed him mocking Islam.
Footage, filmed by Smith but leaked to the media, showed him and fellow gymnast Luke Carson laughing whilst pretending to pray and shouting 'Allahu Akbar'. He has said that he has since received death threats.
British Gymnastics said it would investigate the incident and an independent panel has now found the 27-year-old from Peterborough guilty of a breach of the organisation's Standards of Conduct. Carson was given a reprimand.
Smith, who has won four Olympic medals, including silver in the pommel horse at the 2016 Rio Games, last month posted a message on his official Twitter feed in which he apologised for the incident.