Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Ulster Rugby 'needs to explain' why it revoked Jackson and Olding contracts

Ulster Rugby 'needs to explain' why it revoked Jackson and Olding contracts

The Chief Executive of Ulster Rugby, Shane Logan, has said in an interview with BBC Sport that he doesn't "envisage" Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding ever playing for Ulster or Ireland again.

Appalled at the outcome - protest at the Glasgow game. Head coach Franck Azéma is quoted as confirming they have no interest in the former Ulster player.

"We got a taste of it in the Kingspan Stadium and had the decision been different you probably would've seen more of that", he said.

In the wake of the verdict, both the IRFU and Ulster Rugby launched a review into the players' behaviour. It's a joint Irish and Ulster rugby position.

When the men at the centre of the Belfast rape trial walked out of court last month after being acquitted of all charges, the assumption was that the sound and fury that had enveloped their nine-week trial would subside and that a line had been drawn under the whole sorry saga.

'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.

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The Ulster Rugby Supporters Club is now canvassing opinion amongst its 938 members over whether they will protest against Ulster's decision or not ahead of, or during, Saturday's Pro14 game against Glasgow Warriors at Kingspan Stadium.

"I think that is because they are fans of the game and they probably feel these guys have been acquitted and are being judged on their text messages, which were obviously completely out of order", he said.

"No sponsor including Bank of Ireland drove the decision", he told the Press Association.

Mr Logan added: "We expect our players to behave as role models and the two players have admitted they didn't and that was the basis primarily on which the decision was taken".

'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.

Logan was speaking for the first time since the decision was made to revoke the players' contracts and he says he does not expect them to return to play for the province in the future.

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