Rugby duo sacked after rape acquittal
Two Ulster and Ireland s tars who were acquitted of rape have been sacked by rugby bosses.
Ulster Rugby and the Irish Rugby Football Union have torn up Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s contracts.
The announcement follows an internal review into their conduct . Both players expressed disappointment and regret at the move.
While Jackson, 26, and Olding, 25, were found not guilty last month after a high- prof ile trial , other aspects of their behaviour have been heavily criticised, with major sponsors of Ulster Rugby voicing concern.
The IRFU and Ulster Rugby review had focused on sexually explicit WhatsApp conversations involving the players and friends about the sexual encounter at the centre of the rape trial.
The messages, which refer red to women in derogator y terms, were presented as ev idence during the nine-week trial at Belfast Crown Court.
Jackson apologised and said he recognised his behaviour had fallen far short of the values expected of him as an international player and a role model for the game of rugby.
Olding also expressed regret. He said: “I am very sorry this day has come to pass.”
REGRET Paddy Jackson