China has attacked Sir Elton John for backing dissident artist Ai Weiwei and told fans to boo his next concert.

At the end of a show in Beijing at the weekend Sir Elton, 65, stunned the audience by dedicating the show to Weiwei's "honour and talent".

The sculptor, 55, is a noted critic of the communist regime.

State newspaper the Global Times accused the singer of being "disrespectful" and said his actions could lead to a ban on Western performers.

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An editorial stated: "He (Sir Elton) added political content to the concert, which should have been nothing more than an entertaining performance."

The paper also called on fans to "protest the provocateur and boo him off the stage" when Sir Elton performs in Guangzhou next week.

- Daily Mail