Conor Slammed for Islamophobic tweet

26th Apr 2019

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Mixed Martial Art (MMA) fighter Conor McGregor has been slammed for an Islamophobic tweet directed at a UFC rival featuring a photo of the fighter’s wife wearing a veil on their wedding day.

The message to Khabib Nurmagomedov, the reigning undisputed UFC Lightweight Champion, included the image with the caption ‘Your wife’s a towel mate’ and was met with a barrage of criticism on social media.

The post, which has now been deleted on April 3, was branded racist and Islamophobic and comes as the pair have been trading insults since Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor in October last year.

The now deleted tweet by Conor McGregor (Photo: @TheNotoriousMMA)

The former two-division UFC champion, who left fans stunned after announcing his retirement at the end of last month, bizarrely also hit out at his rival for avoiding a rematch saying: ‘Don’t be scared of the rematch you little scurrying rat. ‘You will do what you are told like you always do.’

After uploading an image of Nurmagomedov’s wife in a veil, one user posted: ‘Conor Mcgregor is a man with no dignity or honour..that’s it..just look at the racist islamophobic comments.’

Another added: ‘Remember when people tried to argue that Conor McGregor isn’t racist and the things he said were just banter’’.

And one said: ‘Wow. What’s the point of attacking another man’s wife and their culture?’

UFC President, Dana White, confirmed the shock news just one hour after McGregor’s announcement on Twitter.

On October 6, McGregor and Nurmagomedov were involved in a post-match brawl for which he and the Russian were handed lengthy suspensions and large fines by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Nurmagomedov retaliated by referencing rape allegations surrounding Conor tweeting “you’re a rapist” and “a hypocrite who is not responsible for your actions.”

It’s not the first time McGregor has been accused of Islamophobic behaviour. During the run to October 6 fight, he called Khabib “a mad backwards c***” for not drinking his whiskey.

McGregor was arrested last month in Miami for strong armed robbery, and now finds himself up against sexual assault allegations in; Ireland.

Conor failed to apologise but tweeted ‘I want to move forward, with my fans of all faiths and all backgrounds. All faiths challenge us to be our best selves. It is one world and one for all
Now see you in the Octagon.’

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