'F*** you and the Queen' - McGregor's poppy rant
Irish UFC star Conor McGregor has attacked those people who criticised his decision to wear a Remembrance poppy.
Fighter McGregor was photographed wearing a poppy badge at a recent UFC event - and came in for abuse for his decision.
In a strongly-worded Facebook post, McGregor hit back at critics and 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. "I know where my allegiance lies and what I do for my country," he wrote.
"I don't need a stupid little flower with 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," he said in a final line.
There has been a huge response to the Facebook post, with the controversial stance receiving more than 10,000 likes within half an hour.
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*** 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.
The poppy badge is worn to commemorate soldiers who have died in war.
They are distributed by the Royal British Legion in return for donations to their Poppy Appeal, which supports all current and former British military personnel.
McGregor will face Jose Aldo for a UFC featherweight title unification bout on December 12.