Louis Smith does not deserve to be suspended as Muslims have not called for it and he has apologised for his actions, according to London-based Imam Ajmal Masroor.
The gymnast and TV personality has been suspended for two months by British Gymnastics over a video where he appears to mock Islam. It appears to show him laughing whilst retired gymnast Luke Carson mimics Islamic prayers.
Masroor told Sam Delaney: "I think suspending him is an overreaction, I believe Louis has made sufficient good gesture towards the community, saying 'look I’ve got it wrong, I’m sorry.'
"I haven’t come across Muslims calling for him to be suspended.
"If a Muslim gets offended so quickly, I believe they’re moving away from the true teachings of the prophet."
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