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racism row Irish boxer Steven Donnelly deletes tweet and apologises in social media racism storm

Steven Donnelly (32) admitted he needs ‘proper help’ and has been in a ‘bad place’ for a ‘long time’ after posting the comment

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Donnelly later deleted his social media post and apologised

Donnelly later deleted his social media post and apologised

Donnelly later deleted his social media post and apologised

A boxer who represented Team Ireland at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil has deleted a post he made on Twitter which contained a racist slur.

Steven Donnelly (32) admitted he needs ‘proper help’ and has been in a ‘bad place’ for a ‘long time’ after posting the comment.

Donnelly had been tweeting light-middleweight boxer Caoimhin Agyarko, apparently goading his rival.

During the tit-for-tat Twitter row, Agyarko asked if Donnelly was a ‘retired alcoholic’.

Donnelly hit back, referring to Agyarko as a ‘black wee c**t’.

He then tweeted: "Hehe I'll fight you any day of the week you wee scumbag, if only you got stabbed in the right place ;)"

Donnelly was apparently referring to an incident in 2017 when Agyarko was stabbed in the face in Belfast.

MTK Global fighter Donnelly later deleted the tweets and apologised on the platform, writing: ‘Listen, no excuse for the nonsense I said. I need proper help and in a bad place for a long time. Don't know how long I've left but it won't be too long. Sorry.’

In response, Agyarko said he was ‘disappointed’ by Donnelly’s comments, but asked social media users to avoid giving his fellow boxer abuse.

Agyarko posted: ‘From a fellow sports and Irishman I’m disappointed. If he wanted the fight there is other ways to build it.

‘I’m on my own path and I won’t stop until I’m at the top, me and my team would like to ask all my friends, family and fans to not be shedding any hate on him.

‘He’s clearly mentally not in the right head space, I hope he gets the help he needs. Thanks to everyone showing love and supporting me.’

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