Top14 club Clermont distance themselves from signing Paddy Jackson

Top14 club Clermont distance themselves from signing Paddy Jackson

Both Jackson and Olding were unanimously acquitted of rape charges at Belfast Crown Court but had their contracts revoked by the IRFU in the aftermath, with the union saying it arrived at the decision by acknowledging its 'responsibility and commitment to the core values of the game: Respect, Inclusivity and Integrity'.

Paddy Jackson and Olding had their Ulster and Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) contracts revoked on Saturday, following an internal review into their conduct. It's a joint Irish and Ulster rugby position. "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".

The two players are now without a club after the IRFU and Ulster revoked their contracts with immediate effect following an internal review into their behaviour in light of the not guilty verdict from the much-publicised rape-trial.

He added: "By their (Jackson and Olding) own admission, their behaviours fell very far short of what is expected of a role model, of a professional player in Ulster and Ireland".

Mr Wallace said he was sure fans would welcome Mr Jackson and Mr Olding back to Ulster's Kingspan stadium if they return with another club against their old side.

"I think the players and the staff and wider rugby has done well to do as well as they have done in very hard circumstances".


'There's been quite a vague statement and just gauging the temperature of the supporters club they feel that they need a bit more information as how they came to that decision.

The CEO was quizzed during a BBC Northern Ireland interview this evening which he said the pair had "made a very serious mistake". "I'm glad to take the opportunity to dispel that myth", he said.

"I think that is the core issue here and that is why they are moving on".

Former Ulster players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were acquitted of raping a student at a house party in 2016.

In the wake of the verdict, both the IRFU and Ulster Rugby launched a review into the players' behaviour.

"They have come out and apologised for their involvement and their actions and they need to be allowed now to rebuild their lives and start again".

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