13/04/2018

Ulster Rugby Sponsor 'Concerned' Over Conduct In Rape Trial

A key Ulster Rugby sponsor has raised concerns over the conduct of players involved in the recent Belfast rape trial, which saw players, Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, both acquitted of all charges.

In a statement, Bank of Ireland said it was "highly concerned" over the "serious behaviour and conduct issues" that had emerged during the trial and it has formally conveyed these concerns to Ulster Rugby CEO, Shane Logan.
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It stated: "It is of paramount importance to Bank of Ireland that our sponsorship activity aligns with and supports our core values, and reflects positively on Bank of Ireland through association.

"We understand that an internal review is underway. We expect this review to be robust, to fully address the issues raised, and that decisions will be taken – and policies and protocols be put in place – that fully address the issues that have arisen."

(LM/MH)

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