DUBLIN- Ulster chief executive said that flyhalf Paddy Jackson will never play for Ireland again even though he and his team-mate Stuart Olding were fired despite being cleared in a rape trial.
Ulster and the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) terminated their contracts after an internal review following their acquittal.
Jackson, 26 and centre Olding 25, were found not guilty of raping the same women in June 2016. Jackson was acquitted of sexual harassment unanimously,
The trial was high profile which revealed a number of sexually explicit and offensive text exchanges that sparked a wave of protest on social media and on the streets.
Ulster chief executive Shane Logan said, “The position is joint. It’s a joint Irish and Ulster rugby position… The statement is clear and it is not something that we are contemplating.”
Logan refused to reveal if a financial settlement was agreed with the players and denied that the IRFU had succumbed to pressure from social media or that the decision was motivated by money.
He added, “No sponsor including Bank of Ireland drove the decision,”
“We have taken on board everybody’s views right across society, right across our supporter group, our sponsor group, our players, clubs, volunteers, we are part of society.
“But at the end of the day, having looked at all those things, the decision was based on alignment with what it is we stand for, in particular the value of respect.
“The players themselves admitted in their own statements that they were way short of what was expected of them.”
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