A top snooker player from Wellingborough has been drawn into a social media storm because of the name of one of his sponsors.
Rory McLeod, a Muslim, was spotted wearing a waistcoat with an Isis logo on it when he played Ronnie O’Sullivan during the recent Welsh Open.
The TV images caused a stir with many expressing their outrage at what they saw as Mr McLeod’s support for the terrorist organisation.
In fact, Mr McLeod has been sponsored by Isis Business Solutions, of Wellingborough, for the past 14 years.
Now 43, Mr McLeod became a Muslim in 2000.
He said: “Isis have been my sponsors for umpteen years and because of a terrorist organisation that’s been in the news for the last 12 months people suddenly started commenting about the logo.
“Anyone who knows me knows I don’t support terrorists.
“There are 270 companies with Isis in the name, should they all change? If a man called John committed a murder should everyone called John change their name?
“Because of what they’ve done Islam is free of Isis. They’re as Muslim as the Pope.”
Managing partner at Isis, Mark Hollyman, said: “My original inspiration for the name came from the river Isis.
“Quite clearly the association with the acronym ISIS associated with the troubles in the Middle East is media generated and an unfortunate coincidence with our trading name.
“Our ethos is that trade transcends politics and creates understanding and respect between peoples of the world.”