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

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IRFU confirm Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding's contracts have been revoked

A joint statement from Ulster Rugby and the IRFU stated: "Following a review, conducted in the aftermath of recent court proceedings, the Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster Rugby have revoked the contracts of Patrick Jackson and Stuart Olding with immediate effect".

Jackson was charged with rape and sexual assault, while Olding was charged with oral rape - both men were found not guilty on all charges.

After the IRFU released their statement the out half said, 'I am deeply disappointed about the outcome of the IRFU and Ulster Rugby's internal review.

Another Ulster player, Craig Gilroy, has been sanctioned in relation to a lewd WhatsApp message sent to Olding and will be unavailable for selection until April 26.

"The treatment that I have received since my acquittal, both fair and unfair, has made me even more determined to prove myself".

It was the club's first home game since the acquittal of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, on rape charges, last month.

"I am very sorry this day has come to pass", he said.

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"With the support of my family and friends I shall seek new challenges elsewhere".

Hundreds of people staged a demonstration outside Ulster Rugby's stadium on Friday over "dangerous and harmful" sexism in sport. I bear no one any ill will.

The demonstration was organised by the Belfast Feminist network, with representatives from several other women's groups from around the country, also attending.

Last week, a crowd-funded advertisement was taken out in a Belfast newspaper calling for Mr Jackson and Mr Olding to be dropped by Ulster and Ireland.

"It's not about the verdict in this trial, it's about what has been revealed about certain players attitudes towards women that have been described as offensive, but for me it's not offensive, it's risky and harmful".

That advert was signed by "real fans standing up for the Ulster men".

Two Ireland and Ulster rugby stars who were acquitted of rape have been sacked.

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