Monday, 23 July, 2018

Jackson and Olding lose Ireland and Ulster contracts following rape trial acquittal

Paddy Jackson Paddy Jackson
Kayla Schwartz | 15 April, 2018, 15:52

Ulster Rugby and the IRFU released a joint statement on Saturday morning.

Both Jackson and Stuart Olding were sacked by Ulster Rugby and the IRFU yesterday as a result of the fallout of their rape trial.

The group said it is also determined to "change how our criminal justice system deals with sexual assault crimes".

'He's been offered everywhere but a family club wouldn't want to be associated with those messages'.

Two other men, Blane McIlroy, 26, and Rory Harrison, 25, were acquitted of lesser charges connected to the case.

That's why the Jackson and Olding departures are so problematic for the club, the fans who have put up with Logan, Cunningham and Kiss over the past couple of seasons - even defended them - have done so because they abhor the very type scapegoating that they feel their club are now undertaking with their own players. As the representative body for Ireland's professional rugby players, we will now take time to examine the way the review process was carried out by the IRFU.

They were found not guilty of raping the same woman at a house party at Jackson's home.

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Protesters outside Ravenhill this evening.

"Since I was a young boy it was my ambition to play for Ulster and Ireland and I am extremely proud, privileged and honoured to have done so". I'd also like to thank Ulster and Irish rugby for the opportunities that they provided for me and I wish them, and all my former team mates, every success.

The rally was organised by Belfast Feminist Network.

An intense debate on the players' future has been played out in newsprint and online since the verdicts.

Ireland's Paddy Jackson kicks a conversion in Ireland's second test against Japan in Shizuoko.

Supporters demanding their reinstatement followed suit with their own newspaper advert this week.

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