Line of Duty star Martin Compston has denied singing a tune in regards to the IRA throughout a gathering of Celtic supporters in Las Vegas.
Compston, who lives within the Nevada metropolis together with his household, was filmed on stage at an occasion held by the North American Celtic Supporters Federation (NACSF).
In a video broadly shared on social media, the gang sings in regards to the “Irish Republican Army”, including: “It’s the I, I, I, IRA.”
As they sing “IRA”, Compston is seen showing to raise his left arm into the air.
In a press release, the 38-year-old Scot, who performs Steve Arnott within the police drama, mentioned he “unequivocally did not sing ANY sectarian songs”.
He added: “I’ve worked in Belfast too long (where Line of Duty is filmed) to see damage done to think this stuff is a laugh.”
Compston additionally referred to Daniel Boone’s 1972 hit monitor, Beautiful Sunday, which is often performed at Celtic Park.
He mentioned: “If it was an IRA song and I was onstage bobbing along I would understand the story.
“But I’m fairly certain Daniel Boone had nothing greater than Beautiful Sundays in thoughts when he wrote the tune and that is what I used to be singing.”
Dave Scott, director of anti-sectarian charity Nil by Mouth, told The Scottish Sun it was a “fairly miserable spectacle”.
He added: “Those concerned within the IRA chanting have to take an extended arduous take a look at themselves within the mirror. These are adults – not kids who won’t know any higher.
“The worst thing? Children and young people could see this and now think this is totally acceptable behaviour.”
There have been some scathing feedback on social media. One particular person mentioned it was “sickening”, whereas one other mentioned it was “utterly unacceptable”.