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Amir Khan has hit back at trolls who criticised him for celebrating Christmas.
The 33-year-old boxer, who is Muslim, took the defiant stance against haters who said he shouldn't have been celebrating the Christian festival.
Posting to his 2.2 million Twitter followers, the former world champion said he was saddened by all the negative comments he received for having wished people a happy Christmas - but that he wasn't going to take it lying down.
He wrote: "So shocked by all the hate I'm getting on my Twitter and instagram for wishing everyone Merry Christmas and posting a picture with my family in Christmas outfits. Just want to tell those people 'I don't give a f**k'."
So shocked by all the hate I'm getting on my Twitter & instagram for wishing everyone Merry Christmas and posting a picture with my family in Christmas outfits. Just want to tell those people 'I don't give a f**k'
- Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) December 26, 2019
It came after Khan posted a photograph of him and his family stood in front of their Christmas tree, wishing the sportsman's followers a good day.
He said: "Wishing you a magical and blissful holiday! Merry Christmas."
Slamming the athlete for the post, one critic said: "so wrng amir so wrng [sic]."
While another put: "We Muslims celebrate Eid. Not Christmas."
Following his response to the trolls, Khan's fans flocked to his side and praised him for standing up to them.
Wishing you a magical and blissful holiday! Merry Christmas :christmas_tree: #khanfamily @FaryalxMakhdoom #MerryChrismas pic.twitter.com/Lli9NRPhRd
- Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) December 25, 2019
One person wrote: "A Muslim celebrating Christmas and integrating in a Christian country is admirable. Anyone who doesn't like it are spreading hate and division and are in the wrong country. #RespectAmir."
A second said: "You are allowed to celebrate Christmas as you wish. I hope you and your family had a lovely time."
"I became Muslim 31 years ago, and always look forward to celebrating Christmas with my large Christian family at my parents house just as they enjoy celebrating Eid with us. Sharing and celebrating together is what unites us and removes the divide/hate we see in society," commented a third.
While a fourth added: "This is what we seriously need! High profile speakers raising awareness. Well done."
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