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Gold medal winner Paddy Barnes takes to Twitter after TeamNI anthem snub

Northern Ireland's Paddy Barnes caused controversy during his gold medal ceremony

Northern Ireland's Paddy Barnes caused controversy during his gold medal ceremony

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.

But Barnes quickly took to Twitter to insist his comment had no political connotations as he celebrating 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 of 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.

Barnes said: "That was the hardest fight of my life. I didn't really box my best because he was non-stop. But I was too strong for him.

"I remember fighting in China in front of 13,000 Chinese guys who wanted the head punched off me, but I'll tell you what that was unbelievable out there."

Barnes' team-mate Michael Conlan made it two gold medals for Northern Ireland when he outpointed England's Qais Ashfaq in an entertaining bantamweight brawl.

 

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