Martin Compston denies singing IRA lyrics at Las Vegas Celtic convention

Line of Duty star Martin Compston has denied singing along to pro-IRA lyrics while on stage at a Celtic convention in Las Vegas.

The Scots actor issued a statement after a video emerged online from the event, in which he appeared on stage singing Daniel Boone's 1972 hit Beautiful Sunday.

However, it appeared many in the crowd were singing pro-IRA lyrics to the song, and many news outlets made claims that the Vigil actor had been singing along.

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But today he said he had been singing the original lyrics to the song, which has featured in Still Game.

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Mr Compston was joined at the event by fellow actor Gianni Capaldi and ex-Celtic players Alan Thompson and Bobby Petta.

In a statement released via his social media accounts, Mr Compston said: “Not best pleased to wake up to a story 8 hours ahead of me before I've had the right to reply.

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"Let me be absolutely clear, I unequivocally did not sing ANY sectarian songs.

"I've worked in Belfast too long to see damage done to think this stuff is a laugh.

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Martin Compston.

"If people want to change lyrics to a song that's sung at Celtic Park, weddings, Still game wherever that's up to them I'm not the lyric police.

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"If it was an IRA song and I was onstage bobbing along I would understand the story but I'm pretty sure Daniel Boone had nothing more than Beautiful Sundays in mind when he wrote the song and that's what I was singing.”

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