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‘They love to throw me under the bus’: Conor McGregor on the defensive as he apologises for using homophobic slur

The Irishman was filmed using a derogatory term after his sparring partner Artem Lobov lost a unanimous decision to Andre Fili in Poland on October 21

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 November, 2017, 10:13am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 November, 2017, 9:54pm

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has apologised after being captured on video using a homophobic slur at a recent event after his friend lost a bout.

McGregor, who lost a multimillion dollar boxing bout against Floyd Mayweather last month after switching fighting codes, was filmed using the word “f****t” after his sparring partner Artem Lobov lost a unanimous decision to Andre Fili in Poland on October 21.

“I’m human, I slip up, I say stupid things every damn day. All I can (do) is hold my hand up and apologise if anyone was offended,” McGregor, 29, said in his hometown of Dublin.

“The word used to describe that opponent (Fili) was incorrect and very offensive and I can apologise for that.”

Earlier, McGregor appeared on TV in his native Ireland and claimed the emotion of the moment got the batter of him.

“I meant no disrespect,” McGregor said. “I campaigned when we were trying to get same sex marriage legalised. Things just get blown up. Any chance they get, they love to throw me under the bus. It is what it is. I’d like to say sorry for what I said and try to move on from it.”