Ulster Rugby Players Deny Allegations Of Sex Offences

Ulster Rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have denied any wrongdoing in connection with allegations of sexual offences.

They were two of three men arrested by police following alleged incidents at a property in south Belfast in June this year.

In a statement Ulster Rugby said: "Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been assisting the PSNI with enquiries. The players deny any wrongdoing and have not been charged with any offence. As no charges have been brought forward, it would be inappropriate to comment further."

Jackson's lawyers KRW Law also said he "rejects completely any allegations made against him".
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The statement said: "We act on behalf of Patrick Jackson. He rejects completely any allegations made against him Patrick has co-operated fully with police in their inquiries and we have been liaising with police on his behalf.  We are both disappointed and indeed concerned that this information has been leaked to the press before the investigation has concluded and well in advance of any final decision.  This has the potential to be prejudicial to our client's interests.

"We will not hesitate to take all necessary steps to protect his legal position as he is entitled to the presumption of innocence. We urge the media to restrain from any damaging speculation."

The pair were released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS).

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