IRFU Sack Jackson and Olding Following Review

IRFU Sack Jackson and Olding Following Review

In a trial last month, both Jackson and Olding were acquitted of raping a woman in 2016 after a night out following their return from Ireland's tour of South Africa.

They did, however, add that they will not be commenting further on today's decision until they have had time to examine further the internal review process.

A SECOND major sponsor of Ulster Rugby has contacted the club with concerns over "serious behaviour and conduct issues" arising out of the rape trial involving Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

'In arriving at this decision, the Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster Rugby acknowledge our responsibility and commitment to the core values of the game: Respect, Inclusivity and Integrity.

The IRFU also announced that they intend to ensure that these core values are applied across the board.

Ulster Rugby's shirt sponsor Bank of Ireland, which has backed the club for 20 years, contacted Ulster Rugby chief executive Shane Logan regarding the case.

"Regrettably, influences outside of my contractual arrangement have made it impossible for that to happen".

The messages, which referred to women in derogatory terms, were presented as evidence during the marathon nine-week trial at Belfast Crown Court. In addition Jackson had been found not guilty of sexual assault.

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But he added that he was "truly sorry" his behaviour had fallen "far short of the values" expected of him as an global player. It is therefore with great sadness and regret but with many cherished memories that I leave that behind.

A female Ulster supporter, who asked not to be named, said: "I Think it's a load of nonsense, the guys have been tried for what they were accused of and that's it".

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

"Craig will be unavailable for team selection until the 26th April 2018".

A rally has been organised for tonight at Kingspan Stadium, ahead of the Guinness Pro 14 game against Ospreys, by Belfast Feminist Network, under the banner 'Stamp out Misogyny at Ulster Rugby'.

Barristers acting for Mr Jackson and Mr Olding also complained about the judge's tone and delivery in her legal direction to the jury on day 40 of the trial.

They also called for action against what they claim is a misogynistic culture within rugby.

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