Liam Gallagher apologises for homophobic tweet in wake of Orlando shooting
Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton has criticised Oasis star Liam Gallagher for posting an "ugly and upsetting" message on Twitter.
The Mancunian rocker has since apologised for the tweet, which referred to the trouble at Euro 2016 between England and Russia fans.
Gallagher posted: "Russian hooligans skintight shorts bumbags batty boy muscles ha ha I'd be more worried bout getting me arse pinched LG X."
The expression "batty boy" is a derogatory Jamaican term for a homosexual.
Corrie star Cotton, who is gay, tweeted in response: "Especially in light of what happened in Orlando a few days ago, that tweet is ugly and upsetting @liamgallagher #NoBystanders."
In Coronation Street, the 40-year-old's character Sean Tully is also gay and his storylines have often reflected gay issues.
Gallagher, (43), has now tweeted an apology.
He said: "If I've upset anybody with my tweets I apologise that includes you RKID as you were LG x."
A representative for Gallagher declined to comment.
The singer of Oasis hits including Wonderwall and Champagne Supernova has a reputation for controversial remarks.
Over the years, he has mocked singers including Chris Martin, Robbie Williams and Florence Welch.
Gallagher first gained fame in 1991 alongside his brother Noel in Oasis.
The band split in 2009.