The Stranglers rocker Jean-Jacques Burnel has taken a swipe at Sting and his bandmates in The Police, accusing them of only reuniting for money.

The Message in a Bottle hitmakers split acrimoniously in the mid-1980s and a comeback looked increasingly unlikely until the trio stunned fans by announcing a worldwide reunion tour in 2007.

The gigs were a massive moneyspinner as the band sold an estimated 3.7 million tickets and grossed $358 million (£224 million), making the trek the third highest-grossing tour ever.

However, Stranglers star Burnel, who played on the same bill as the reunited band at a London show, insists they were only in it for the money.

He tells Mojo magazine, "The Police were very good musicians. They just hated each other's guts. They still do, apparently. We played Hyde Park the same day they did and it was awful. It's not very conducive to an appreciation of someone's output, when you know they're just there to top up their pension fund."