CONOR MCGREGOR has come under fire for a Tweet sent from his account featuring an alleged ‘racist slur’ aimed at UFC rival Khabib Nurmagomedov’s wife.
The tweet posted read: "Your wife's a towel mate" and was posted along with two pictures of the Russian fighter’s wife wearing the traditional Islamic face veil.
McGregor came in for serious criticism in the wake of the tweets, which were branded both Islamophobic and racist on social media.
Nurmagomedov and his wife are both practicing muslims.
The Irishman has since taken down the messages following the social media backlash.
They came as part of a series of tweets aimed at Nurmagomedov and his entourage.
In one, McGregor’s account tweeted a message aimed squarely at the fighter’s brother, tweeting: "I smacked your brother around and took a s*** in this hat".
Several other tweets also hit out at Nurmagomedov himself for avoiding a rematch with the Notorious.
"Don't be scared of the rematch you little scurrying rat," one read.
"You will do what you are told like you always do.”
— Bijon Keswani (@bijonkeswani) April 3, 2019
Remember when people tried to argue that Conor McGregor isn't racist and the things he said were just "banter". pic.twitter.com/pc017RD9dZ
— Ste Rawlings 🇾🇪 (@orange_ape7) April 3, 2019
The controversy comes a week after McGregor announced he was retiring from the UFC.
Despite the Irishman’s claims, UFC President Dana White believes the Notorious will return to the sport and is planning on holding talks with the star.
Speaking in an interview featured on UFC.com, White suggested McGregor’s statement was more likely linked to his demand for equity in UFC.
Asked if he thought McGregor had truly retired, White said: “No.”
“I think that there’s some things that Conor wants and I think that Conor wants to get together face to face, he and I, and we probably will in the next couple of weeks and we’ll get this thing figured out.”
White added that McGregor’s focus is more on money than respect and appeared to squash the idea of the Irishman being given a stake in UFC.
“Listen, who gets respected more than Conor McGregor does? Come on,” he said. “The guy’s never been disrespected, definitely not by me. And he’s got a lot of money too.
“But he’s stuck on this thing where he wants a piece of the ownership and that’s just — if you look at basketball, Michael Jordan didn’t own a piece of the league, and the list goes on and on. Is Conor very valuable to the sport and to the brand, the UFC? Of course he is. That’s a tough one, but I think there’s other ways that we can make him happy.”
“The UFC is gonna be here long after Conor McGregor, long after Dana White, and anybody else,” White added.