BAN: Louis Smith
LOUIS SMITH has been suspended for two months by British Gymnastics after appearing to mock Islam in a shocking video.
A statement from the sports governing body read: 'Formal disciplinary proceedings have been conducted with regard to a recent video which captured the behavior of British Gymnastics members Louis Smith and Luke Carson, alleged to be a potential breach of the Standards of Conduct.
'Louis Smith admitted his behavior was a breach of the Standards of Conduct. The Panel upheld the allegation and taking into account a previous breach of the Standards of Conduct heard in June this year (where it also was made clear to Louis the consequences of any further breach), the Panel determined a cumulative penalty was appropriate and ordered a two-month period of suspension.'
The shocking footage – which saw him drunkenly pretending to pray with a friend - has sparked controversy, and the Olympian was forced to publicly apologise for his actions.
Immediately after the video was made public, Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadan Foundation, told The Sun: “I think he should apologise immediately. Our faith is not to be mocked, our faith is to be celebrated and I think people will be offended.”
Following the backlash, retired gymnast Carson claimed it was nothing more than a joke. He said: “It was a three-minute video of us just fooling around.”