British heavyweight boxer David Haye has called accusations of bouncing a cheque for nearly half a million dollars in Dubai "a little administrative issue".
Haye, who is in the process of setting up a Hayemaker gym in Dubai, on Monday sent a video message to his fans, thanking them for their support and urging them not to worry about his plight.
He said the issue of the bounced cheque was being "smoothed out" and he would be back in London or Las Vega soon.
In the video, Haye said: "Don't stress too much about me, things aren't that bad. A little administrative issue has left me here in Dubai for a few days longer than anticipated but it is all getting smoothed out as we speak and I'll be back probably in London or Vegas soon."
Earlier on Monday it was reported that Haye had been accused of bouncing a cheque in Dubai and had had his passport confiscated by Dubai Police as they investigated the matter.
The former world heavyweight champion was questioned by Bur Dubai police after the bounced cheque was flagged up by authorities upon his arrival at Dubai International Airport two weeks ago.
It is understood that the cheque, valued at AED1.8 million ($490,070), is in relation to a payment due on completion of construction of the property to house his gym in Dubai.
“The cheque was presented to the bank four days before I landed. It was not due to be presented until final completion of my property, which is due in a few weeks," he was quoted as saying by The Sun newspaper.
“This was an administrative error which is being rectified. I explained to the police and presented documents as proof. But I totally understand these mistakes can happen.”
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