Queen guitarist Brian May has branded Eric Clapton "a fruitcake" over his strong opinions on Covid-19 restrictions.

Speaking to UK newspaper The Independent, May said that he still considered Clapton, 76, as his hero, but didn't see eye to eye with him on many issues - including coronavirus vaccines.

Asked about Clapton and former Stone Roses front man Ian Brown refusing to play shows with coronavirus restrictions and questioning the safety of vaccines, May criticised their views.

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"I love Eric Clapton, he's my hero, but he has very different views from me in many ways," he said. He's a person who thinks it’s OK to shoot animals for fun, so we have our disagreements, but I would never stop respecting the man.

"Anti-vax people, I’m sorry, I think they’re fruitcakes. There’s plenty of evidence to show that vaccination helps. On the whole they’ve been very safe.

"There’s always going to be some side effect in any drug you take, but to go around saying vaccines are a plot to kill you, I’m sorry, that goes in the fruitcake jar for me."

May (74) also said of the UK's handling of the pandemic that he thought it would have been "impossible for anyone to make worse decisions than Boris".