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Thursday 21 November 2019

McGregor not the father of Grand National love child, DNA confirms

‘Zero per cent’ chance MMA star Conor is the little girl’s dad

Terri Murray pictured with McGregor during his visit to Liverpool
Terri Murray pictured with McGregor during his visit to Liverpool

Multi-Millionaire sportsman Conor McGregor has been cleared of an accusation that he fathered a love child.

DNA test results confirmed the 31-year-old mixed martial arts star is not the father of the little girl at the centre of the claims.

The Dubliner is now under- stood to be considering defam- ation proceedings against news outlets that reported the allegation.

The test results, which have been seen by the Herald, stated there was a zero per cent probability he was the father of Clodagh Murray, who will be two in January.

Earlier this year, the girl's mother, Terri Murray, claimed McGregor fathered the child after they met when he visited Liverpool for the Aintree Grand National Festival in April 2017.

She claimed they had sex on two occasions during McGregor's visit to the city.

The alleged affair was claimed to have occurred only four weeks before McGregor's long-time partner Dee Devlin gave birth to their first child, Conor Jnr.

While McGregor was photographed in the company of Murray (26), he has always denied the allegations.

Swabs

Liverpudlian Murray reportedly filled an "initial inquiry form" for child maintenance in which she named McGregor as the respondent and told a newspaper she wanted the MMA fighter to take a DNA test.

McGregor agreed to this, and tests were obtained by his solicitors, Michael J Staines and Company.

Terri Murray takes a selfie of her and McGregor in Liverpool
Terri Murray takes a selfie of her and McGregor in Liverpool

Swabs were taken from the mouths of McGregor and the little girl for the purpose of DNA comparison.

The testing was organised through NorthGene Ltd, a recognised DNA testing service based in Newcastle upon Tyne.

It forwarded the samples to Eurofins, a private laboratory company accredited in England and Wales to carry out parentage tests in family law matters.

According to documentation seen by the Herald, McGregor did not show the biological markers that would have to be present if he was the father of Clodagh Murray.

The results said it was "practically proven" that McGregor was not the little girl's biological father.

McGregor's solicitors declined to comment when contacted about the results.

Earlier this year, single mother Murray said she met Mc- Gregor at the Mansion nightclub in Liverpool while he was in the city for the racing festival.

Murray said she and a friend later went to the Hilton Hotel, where McGregor and his en- tourage were staying.

She alleged she had intimate relations with him that night and again two days later and that she became pregnant as a result.

However, her account has always been disputed by Mc- Gregor.

In a newspaper interview, Murray said she did not want money, but wanted to prove McGregor was the father.

The DNA test revelations come as the former UFC champion is back in training for a comeback fight next year.

He has been out of the octa- gon since being beaten by Russian fighter Khabib Nur- magomedov in October last year.

The aftermath of the fight was marred by a mass brawl, and both fighters were subsequently hit with suspensions.

Apologised

McGregor is one of the country's wealthiest sportsmen. The Sunday Independent Rich List estimated his wealth at €140m.

Earlier this month, he was convicted of assaulting a man in a Dublin pub and fined €1,000.

In court he apologised to the injured party and said: "I can assure you nothing of this nature will happen again regarding me."

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