Paddy Barnes in anthem fury as he blasts Twitter 'clowns'
Published 02/08/2014 | 17:46
Paddy Barnes has caused a Twitter storm after he claimed the wrong anthem was played following his light-flyweight gold medal win in the Commonwealth Games.
Barnes stood proudly on the podium after collecting his medal but when the Northern Ireland anthem Danny Boy started to play he was seen on camera stating: "That's not my anthem."
Danny Boy is the traditional anthem for Northern Ireland in the Commonwealth Games but Barnes is used to Amhrán na bhFiann as boxing in this country is a 32-county sport, with the Commonwealth Games the only exception.
Barnes tweeted after the fight: "So I said that's not my anthem, so who cares, it's not NI hasn't got one educate yourselves, football is GSTQ so make your minds up!"
And after receiving some abuse online, he added: "Im 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!"