16/06/2016 12:14 BST

Louis Smith Deletes Controversial Tweet, After Unwittingly Sexualising 16-Year-Old Athlete

'The day I apologise will be when Carly Patterson says she’s offended.'

Louis Smith has faced criticism, after unwittingly sexualising a 16-year-old. 

The Olympian was slammed by fans after posting a close-up picture of a fellow athlete's backside, along with the caption: “My sport has its moments.”

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One Instagram user commented on the snap, which was of then-16-year-old Carly Patterson at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, writing: “Objectifying Olympic athletes who are almost underage - ewww.”

Instagram later removed the photo from the site, angering Louis, who launched into a Twitter rant. 

According to The Sun, Louis tweeted: “The day I apologise will be when Carly Patterson says she’s offended.

“If you don’t like my vulgar, disgraceful, morally bigoted, racial, sexist, feministic, facetious behaviour then just unfollow me or even block me.”

He is also said to have claimed that he was unaware of now 28-year-old Carly's age in the picture. 

However, the tweets now appear to have been deleted. 

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