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England World Cup cricket star Moeen Ali held 'for FORTY minutes' by Border Force officers at airport

Mirror logo Mirror 10/04/2016 By James Cartledge

England cricketer Moeen Ali branded his treatment at the city’s airport a “joke” after he was stopped by UK Border Force officials.

Ali who plays for Worcestershire, was reportedly returning to the UK from the T20 World Cup in India when it happened on Saturday, the Birmingham Mail reports.

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The cricketer tweeted that such incidents had never happened to him when he had travelled with a team in official uniform.

He wrote: “Have never been stopped at the airport when travelling with a team in uniform, but travel alone and get stopped for 40 minutes!! Joke.”

A later tweet read: “Birmingham Airport!! Hard times.”

Citizen Khan star Adil Ray, also from Birmingham, told the cricketer he was also often stopped as he travelled.

He tweeted: “It’s a joke Mo. I get stopped all the time now.

“Even the eye thing on my passport mysteriously stopped working.”

Responding to questions about the incident, the airport tweeted that Ali had been stopped for not declaring he had exceeded his duty free allowance.

That prompted the player to respond: “Apparently can’t buy gifts for the family that’s more then £390.”

Ali previously used his status as a high-profile Muslim sportsman to urge British youngsters not to join extremists linked to Islamic State .

peaking in 2014 about IS atrocities against Christians and Yazidis in northern Iraq, Ali said: “I try and say: ‘This is not Islam, this is just being people brainwashed or whatever’.

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“If you look at Islam, it condemns this sort of thing.”

Describing himself as a Muslim but also “very English”, Ali accused the media of treating Islam “unfairly” and said Muslims “get given more of a bad name”.

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