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Paddy Barnes dismisses critics after anthem controversy at Commonwealth Games

Updated: Saturday, 02 Aug 2014 18:50 | Comments

Paddy Barnes connects with a left during his final against Devendro Laishram
Paddy Barnes connects with a left during his final against Devendro Laishram

Paddy Barnes shrugged off an anthem controversy after claiming Commonwealth Games boxing gold with victory over India's Devendro Laishram at the Hydro in Glasgow.

Barnes was pictured on television mouthing "that's not my anthem" to his vanquished opponent as the opening strains of ‘Danny Boy’ blared out in the 20,000-capacity arena.

But Barnes quickly took to Twitter to insist his comment had no political connotations as he celebrated retaining the light-flyweight title he first won in Delhi in 2010.

Barnes tweeted: "So I said that's not my anthem, so who cares, it's not NI hasn't got one educate yourselves, football is GSTQ [God Save The Queen] so make your minds up!"

He added: "I'm a sportsman I couldn't care about anything else, I'm Irish, doesn't matter if I'm Catholic or Protestant.

"I won that medal for everyone that supports me, Catholics and Protestants alike, I don't care what your religion is! Some clowns out there!"

Barnes produced a controlled performance to defeat the classy Laishram and prove himself a class apart from his opponents in the light-flyweight category.

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