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'F*** politics and f*** religion' – Conor McGregor follows up on controversial poppy rant

Published 29/10/2015 | 20:45

Conor McGregor in attendance at UFC Fight Night last weekend.
Conor McGregor in attendance at UFC Fight Night last weekend.

Conor McGregor's outspoken views on Facebook last night garnered a huge response and the UFC sensation followed it up with a further statement to re-iterate his views.

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The Dublin fighter posted a comment on his official Facebook page after pictures of McGregor were circulated on social media at a UFC event in 2013 where he was seen to be wearing a poppy.

November 11th marks the memorial day, also known as Poppy Day, observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

In a strongly worded Facebook post, McGregor said he does not need a “stupid little flower” to illustrate his national allegiance, adding he had the blood “of many nations" on his gloves.

UFC fighter Conor McGregor
UFC fighter Conor McGregor

“You have a pint in your hand and a Celtic jersey on in your local. Fuck you and the Queen,” he says in the final line.

“I know where my allegiance lies and what I do for my country,” he wrote.

I know where my allegiance lies and what I do for my country. I don't need a stupid little flower with a 100 different...

Posted by Conor McGregor on Thursday, October 29, 2015

“I don't need a stupid little flower with a 100 different meanings to tell me if I do or do not represent my country.  Check the facts of its original meaning.

“ALL soldiers. ALL wars. I have the blood of many nations on my gloves. Fought and beat on the world stage.

“You have a pint in your hand and a Celtic jersey on in your local. F**k you and the Queen.”

The post has received more than 40,000 likes, though many of the comments left under the post were unhappy with the tone of the statement.

“I find the fact you refer to yourself as a soldier disrespectful to our true warriors that have bled and fought on battlefields,” said one person.

“Do you really feel the need to justify the doubters by saying "F**k the Queen" only lose respect from the fans for that. Don't alienate the people that cheer for you, it's not classy,” said another.

An hour later McGregor sent a tweet where he seemed to acknowledge the social media storm he had created.

"F**k politics and f**k religion.  I just want to swing a few lefts and a few rights for a couple of hundred mill in peace."

McGregor will face Jose Aldo for a title unification bout in Las Vegas on December 12th.

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