Former England rugby star Brian Moore has slammed Tim Martin after claiming that he is owed £20,000 by the Wetherspoons boss.
Moore is affiliated with Wimbledon Pitbull Beer and revealed that Wetherspoons have not paid the brewery for the beer which they have sold at their pubs.
In the first of a string of Tweets, Moore wrote: "Tim Martin - you owe @WimbledonBrew and me £20,000 for Pitbull beer you've sold. You have the money and the profit; why aren't you paying?
"Do we really have to issue a statutory demand? The brewery is a small local business - it needs the cash."
He later added: "Strange how Fullers and Youngs, who are in no different position and have been shut, managed to pay their staff and suppliers.
"Youngs and Fullers have paid what they owed; why aren't you doing the same?"
When asked if his posts were part of some elaborate joke, Moore insisted he was serious, writing: "No he really is just a c**t."
The rugby star turned solicitor has since deleted his comments, clarifying that he did not have the brewery's "authorisation" to make the claims public.
"I have deleted the tweets about Wetherspoons, not because I don't stand by them but I did not have the brewery's authorisation to tweet", he wrote. "My fault and I apologise to them."
It is not the first time that Martin and Wethespoons have come under fire recently, with the company sending all 43,000 of their staff home last week without pay.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced pubs like Wetherspoons to cease trading and Martin suggested his workers get a job at Tesco instead.
The company have since agreed to pay their staff what they owe them for hours already worked under the government's wages scheme which will be enacted on April 3.
Martin said: "As we have already confirmed, Wetherspoons will pay all our 43,000 staff this Friday for the hours worked last week. The first payment under the new scheme will be made on April 3, subject to Government approval, and weekly thereafter."