Boxer Amir Khan has been blasted by road safety charities after he was caught on camera appearing to use a handheld mobile phone behind the wheel.
The boxer, who was filmed by his wife Faryal Makhdoom earlier today in a clip she posted to Snapchat, has been accused of having a ‘blatant disregard for the law.’
The video, which was later deleted, was captioned ‘Lmfaooooo’ as the pair drive along in the vehicle, and at one point he takes both his hands off the wheel.
Khan, 31, is seen holding the device in his left hand and chatting into the speaker phone as he wife watches on.
It was one a series of clips uploaded to the social media app by Ms Makhdoom.
A spokesman for road safety charity Brake, said: ‘It is disappointing to see such blatant disregard for the law by one of our nation’s boxing stars, who quite frankly should know better.
The video was later deleted, but other videos of the pair in the car remained on her Snapchat feed;
‘Mobile phone use behind the wheel, in any form, is illegal and dangerous.
‘Anything that distracts a drivers attention from the road, even for a split second, can lead to devastation.
‘This kind of dangerous behaviour is all too prevalent and a crackdown is required to rid our roads of the menace of illegal phone use.’
The law states that using a hand-held mobile phone while driving is illegal.
From March 1 2017, using a mobile phone at the wheel carries a penalty of six points and a £200 fine.
Drivers are allowed to use a phone if it is fully hands-free – it is not legal to pick it up and operate it even momentarily.
If the police feel it is an extreme example, a driver can be taken to court, where the maximum fine is £2,000.
Anyone involved in an accident caused by using a handheld device, causing death by dangerous or careless driving, face 14 years in prison.
A spokesman for Mr Khan has been approached for comment on the video.
It comes just days after the star sparked outrage by chatting to an convicted killer with an illegal phone in jail, when he told him ‘Keep your chin up bro.’
He had a FaceTime call with Philip Merry, who is serving eight years for manslaughter after beating to death father-of-five Steve McKinnon in a pub fight in Leicester in 2014.
Merry, 31, posted a screenshot of the call on his Instagram story with the caption: ‘When Amir Khan Facetimes you to say ‘Keep your chin up bro’. Big love bro’.
The victim’s widow called Khan’s behaviour ‘disgusting’ – but he claims he was asked to make the call on a fan’s phone and did not know the person he was calling was in prison.
Merry was convicted of manslaughter along with Gurdev Sangha, 26, and Eugene Bell, 32, at Nottingham Crown Court in 2016.
The three men attacked McKinnon by the Durham Ox pub in Leicester after he intervened when two of them launched an unprovoked attack on his stepson.
He fell to the floor and suffered a brain injury, before dying in hospital two days later. Bell was sentenced to ten years in prison.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: ‘This behaviour is unacceptable and we have had this account taken down.’
A spokesman for Khan said: ‘We can confirm that Amir was provided with a mobile phone from a fan and asked to speak to his friend (something that occurs frequently).
‘There was no prior notice that his friend was in prison or had been convicted of such a serious crime.
‘To Amir’s knowledge, he has never intentionally used his mobile telephone to FaceTime anyone in prison.’
Khan had a controversial appearance on I’m A Celebrity last year, when he made a number of gaffes, including asking whether the UK has ever had a female Prime Minister.
Despite Theresa May being in power, the boxing star left fans reeling when he asked the ‘idiotic’ question.
Viewers also accused him of ‘casual sexism’ after he called Georgia Toffolo a ‘small little girl’ while assessing her Kung Fu technique.