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Haris Namani's father defends Love Island star amid fight video

Father of axed Love Island star Haris who was dumped from show after shock fight video says his son is ‘not a bad boy’ and is now ‘friends’ with the reveller he punched to the ground

  • Haris Namani’s father has slammed allegations his son is a ‘bad boy’ after fight 
  • He said Haris is now friends with the man who was also in the altercation
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Dumped Love Islander Haris Namani’s father has hit out at his son’s critics, revealing he’s now ‘friends’ with the man he was filmed punching on a night out in Doncaster.

Mehedin Namani told MailOnline the footage is actually two years old, and blasted reports that his son, 21, was a ‘thug’.

Footage of the altercation surfaced overnight, with reports the video was filmed in May last year.

But Mr Namani argues the footage is not recent, as was initially reported when the footage surfaced in The Sun, adding there is now no bad blood between the two men involved. 

Dumped Love Islander Haris Namani’s father has hit out at his son’s critics, revealing he’s now ‘friends’ with the man he was filmed punching on a night out in Doncaster 

‘This happened two years ago. They’re friends, they shook hands. This was a long time ago – it’s nothing,’ he said.

‘He’s not a bad boy, he’s got a good record. He’s been brought up in the right way.  This is just people who are jealous and they want to put him down.

A friend of Haris, an amateur boxer from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, said the spat was down to a ‘misunderstanding’. 

‘The kid who Haris punched is okay with with him now. It was a misunderstanding at that time. If you were speak with the kid who it was, the kid would not have anything bad to say about Haris.

‘I don’t think he would be happy about the video. He’s very known around here and he’s a few year older than Haris. And he’s a popular kid.’

In the shocking clip, Haris appeared to punch his victim while onlookers shout: ‘Go on Haris.’

It’s understood he’s now been dumped from the Island. Insiders say Haris left the villa as part of a planned eviction after a public vote and it is ‘just a coincidence that his departure came hours after the video was unearthed’ 

It’s understood he’s now been dumped from the Island. Insiders say Haris left the villa as part of a planned eviction after a public vote and it is ‘just a coincidence that his departure came hours after the video was unearthed’.

His father has not received word on whether Haris has in fact been given his marching orders. 

A Love Island spokesperson said: ‘We would never comment on dumpings or show formats to avoid ruining the show for the viewers.’ 

The incident took place out the front of Tic Toc watch shop in Bowers Fold. 

Owner Marc Taylor, 43, told MailOnline he was ‘shocked’ when he saw his store in the background of a news alert this morning. 

And while the footage has sent shockwaves through the community, Mr Taylor said he was not surprised to learn there had been trouble on his corner.

He said that the area often has ‘loads of trouble’ and he has witnessed some ‘disgusting’ things on his CCTV.

On Instagram, Haris often shares snaps and videos of himself training in the boxing ring, as well as showing off his talents in his fights at Steel City Gym

‘There’s loads of trouble, especially on a weekend at night. I frequently come in on a Saturday morning and see sick all outside of the shop.

‘People are always fighting.’

Jill Carver, 54, who owns a sewing business on the same block, said she often sees people up to no good in the area.

She said: ‘There’s been times where I’ve seen broken glass and sick outside when I’ve come into work.

‘It’s all disgusting.’

She has also seen the video and has said it’s ‘upsetting’ that onlookers appear to ‘egg on’ the fight.

Ms Carver said: ‘I’ve seen the video and it’s just disgusting and so upsetting.

Haris’ departure from the show was part of a planned eviction following a public vote and it’s ‘just a coincidence’ that he left the show hours after the footage emerged, sources say

‘His friends are egging him on in the background and you can hear the person filming it shouting at him to hit him.

‘You can see the man on the floor and he’s still going at him. At the end of the day, that is someone’s son.’

A friend of Haris’ allegedly told The Sun: ‘We were all surprised when we heard Haris was going on Love Island, he’s got quite a bit of a temper on him and if someone says something he’s more than prepared to have a fight. 

‘He’s got an advantage being a boxer and he knows he can cause damage because he trains four times a week, he knows what he is capable of because of his training. That kind of stuff has to stay in the ring.

‘I’m surprised ITV didn’t do further checks, I saw the row between him and Shaq and wasn’t surprised in the slightest. That’s the type of guy he is. What you see is what you get.’

It’s understood background checks are carried out before Islanders enter the show.

Love Island continues Tuesday at 9pm on ITV2 and ITVX

LOVE ISLAND 2023: MEET THE CONTESTANTS

Tanya Manhenga 

Name: Tanya Manhenga

Age: 22

Location: Liverpool

Occupation: Student and model

Something not many people know about her: ‘I have Vitiligo, which is a skin pigmentation, you may not even notice it.’

‘It’s on my lip and I have a stripe on my hair. Not many people know that but I think it’s quite cute.’

‘I don’t care about covering it up all the time, I think it’s a vibe.’

Lana Jenkins 

Name: Lana Jenkins

Age: 25

Location: Luton

Occupation: Makeup artist

Something not many people know about her: ‘In my work as a makeup artist I’ve worked with lots of celebrities.

‘Also, when I was 6-years-old I used to live in Spain and I was in an episode of Benidorm as an extra.’

Anna-May Robey 

Name: Anna-May Robey

Age: 20

Location: Swansea

Occupation: Payroll assistant

Something not many people know about her: ‘I went on a date once and I never saw him again.’

‘We went for food and shared a bottle of wine. As I was speaking to him he fell asleep!’

‘I had to clink his wine glass to wake him up.’

Tanyel Revan

Name: Tanyel Revan

Age: 26

Location: North London

Occupation: Hair stylist

Something not many people know about her: ‘My celebrity crush is Channing Tatum – I don’t like pretty boys, they give me the ‘ick’ because they always have a crap personality.’

‘Channing Tatum is handsome but not too pretty. He’s manly and he can dance.’

‘If a man can dance I’m in love with him straight away.’

Olivia Hawkins

Name: Olivia Hawkins

Age: 27

 Location: Brighton

Occupation: Ring girl and actress

Something not many people know about her: ‘I did a film with Jason Statham and had a nice 10-minute convo about life.’

‘I’ve been a ring girl for KSI, I played a waitress in James Bond with Daniel Craig and I’ve also been a body double for Michelle Keegan and Emma Watson.’

Tom Clare

 Name: Tom Clare

 Age: 23

Location: Barnsley

Occupation: Semi-Pro Footballer

Something not many people know about him: I’m a High School Musical fan

David Salako

Name: David Salako

Age: 24

Location: Essex

Occupation: Money adviser 

Something not many people know about him: ‘I can sing, but I will never sing! I just haven’t got the confidence to do it.’

Aaron Waters

Name: Aaron Waters

Age: 25

Location: Melbourne

Occupation: Model

Someting not many people know about him: He thinks his appearance on Love Island UK was ‘diving timing’ 

Kai Fagan 

 Name: Kai Fagan

Age: 24

Location: Manchester

Occupation: Science and PE teacher

Something not many people know about him: ‘I’m a Jamaican citizen. Because of that I played rugby 7s for Jamaica.’

‘I play semi-professional rugby now for Burnage RFC.’

‘I’ve technically got three different degrees and went to three different unis.’

Ron Hall

 Name: Ron Hall

Age: 25

Location: Essex

Occupation: Financial advisor 

Something not many people know about him: ‘On meeting me, you’d never know I am blind in one eye.’

‘It was the result of a football injury when I was 8. I’ve got two different coloured eyes, one blue and one green.’

Will Young

 Name: Will Young

Age: 23

Location: Buckinghamshire

Occupation: Farmer

Something not many people know about him: ‘Every night I light a candle and meditate for 20-25 minutes.’

‘A girl I was seeing told me to meditate, I tried it and loved it. I stopped seeing her and carried on meditating!

‘It’s a nice way to self reflect.’ 

Shaq Muhammad

Name: Shaq Muhammad

Age: 24

 Location: London

Occupation: Airport security officer

Something not many people know about him: ‘I’m a very emotional person. It can be a blessing and a curse.’  

‘Every time I watch Dear John I cry. 

That’s my favourite film. Any time I’m with someone and they say, ‘Let’s watch a romantic film’, I’m like, ‘How about Dear John, how does that sound?’

Haris Namani

Name: Haris Namani

Age: 21

 Location: Doncaster

Occupation: TV salesman

Something not many people know about him: ‘I’ve never found love. I think this is the show that can help me.’

‘It’s the best opportunity for me to find the girl and find the right one. I’ve obviously not found the right one myself.’

Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown

Name: Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown

Age: 25

Location: London

Occupation: Model and property developer

Something not many people know about her: ‘I’ve gone onto do lots of modelling and dancing for music videos for UK and global artists, I’ve worked with people like Hardy Caprio, Headie One, Aitch, Tione Wayne and more.’

Jessie Wynter

Name: Jessie Wynter

Age: 26

Location: Sydney

Occupation: Personal Trainer

Something you may not know about her: She was on series two of Love Island Australia

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