SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 10: Dwight Yorke speaks to the media during a press conference at Museum of Contemporary Art on December 10, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. Manchester United will play an A-League All-Stars match in Sydney on July 20, 2013. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Dwight Yorke played a charity match in Iran in 2015 (Picture: Getty Images)

Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke said he was ‘treated like a criminal’ when he was refused entry to the US last week.

Yorke, 45, was travelling to the Caribbean when he was barred from boarding a connecting flight via Miami on Friday because he once played a match in Iran.

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In 2015, he played at a charity match in Tehran, representing the ‘World Stars’ against ‘Iranian Starts’.

But he said he was ‘treated like a criminal’ after border control noticed the Iranian stamp on his passport.

‘I have lost count of the number of times I have been to America, I love the country, yet I was being made to feel like a criminal,’ he told The Sun.

LEEDS, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Dwight Yorke attends the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards at First Direct Arena on December 15, 2013 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Yorke said he was stopped when catching a connecting flight in Miami (Picture: Getty Images)

Yorke, who was travelling from Qatar where he works as a football commentator, said he had bought his ticket and checked in when he was pulled aside by two officials.

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He said: ‘They told me there was a visa problem and a red flag had come up against my name because of an Iranian stamp in my passport.

‘The two officials told me if I got on the flight I would simply be deported back to Qatar once I arrived in the States.

‘I tried to explain I didn’t even live in Qatar and was just trying to get to my home in the Caribbean.’

Dwight Yorke poses during a drinks event ahead of his guest appearance for Sydney FC in their match against Everton FC at Cruise Bar on July 7, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
He was trying to fly back to the Caribbean where he lives (Picture: WireImage)

Last month US President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily barring those from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen entering the country even if they had a valid visa.

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The ban has been suspended by a federal court, however Trump said he will replace it with another policy soon.

Dwight Yorke is believed to have been affected by a regulation put in place by the Obama administration which said people who had visited Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Yemen or Sudan could be required to get a visa from a US embassy before entering the country..

However, the footballer said he had not experienced problems before this week.

He has a British passport as well as a diplomatic passport as a global ambassador for Trinidad and Tobago.