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Feminists to stage rally at Ulster rugby match after rape acquittal

Protesters to descend on stadium calling for end to sexism after players cleared of assault Hundreds of protesters are preparing to gather at the home of Ulster Rugby as organisers of the demonstration say they want to “stamp out” misogyny and sexism i…

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Irish rugby player tries to recover legal fees after rape acquittal

Paddy Jackson seeks to retrieve some or all of estimated £100,000-plus costs from trialAn Irish rugby international who was acquitted of rape is attempting to recoup his legal costs, it has emerged.The Ulster player Paddy Jackson is seeking to recover …

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Former MP’s tweet almost collapsed Ulster rugby rape trial

Comment by leader of Alliance party, Naomi Long, led to demands from defence team that the trial be stopped, it has emergedA former Northern Ireland MP’s tweet almost collapsed the trial of two Irish rugby stars who were acquitted of rape, it has emerg…

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Former MP’s tweet almost collapsed Ulster rugby rape trial

Comment by leader of Alliance party, Naomi Long, led to demands from defence team that the trial be stopped, it has emergedA former Northern Ireland MP’s tweet almost collapsed the trial of two Irish rugby stars who were acquitted of rape, it has emerg…

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Supporters of rugby stars acquitted of rape take out newspaper ad

Full-page ad calls for Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s rugby suspensions to be liftedSupporters of two Irish rugby internationals acquitted of rape have taken out a full-page newspaper advertisement demanding their playing suspensions be lifted.The B…

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Supporters of rugby stars acquitted of rape take out newspaper ad

Full-page ad calls for Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s rugby suspensions to be liftedSupporters of two Irish rugby internationals acquitted of rape have taken out a full-page newspaper advertisement demanding their playing suspensions be lifted.The B…

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Irish rugby player cleared of rape says he feels shame and regret

Ulster star Paddy Jackson issues apology after newspaper advert called for him to be droppedOne of the Irish rugby international players acquitted of rape has released a statement of apology, after campaigners paid for a full-page advert in the Belfast…

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Irish rugby stars Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding cleared of rape

Belfast court finds pair not guilty of raping woman in 2016 and clears two other men of indecent exposure and perverting course of justiceTwo Irish rugby stars and two of their friends have been found not guilty of charges of rape, indecent exposure an…

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Paul Smyth winner puts late spring in Michael O’Neill’s second coming

Wearing the away kit colours that reflected the blue skies above them, Paul Smyth sent the Northern Ireland faithful into seventh heaven on a sunny spring?like afternoon in Belfast. Only four minutes after coming on, the 20-year-old Queens Park Rangers…

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International football: 10 things to look out for in this round of friendlies

France and England debutants stake their claims, Ronaldo v Salah, Dembélé seeks to convince Martínez and another new start for ScotlandZurich is not an obvious venue for Portugal to face Egypt but may, at least, afford Fifa bigwigs the opportunity to p…

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Uefa Nations League: home nations get tough test in new competition

• England draw Spain and Croatia, Wales v Rep Ireland and Denmark• Northern Ireland play Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina• Scotland drawn against Israel and AlbaniaEngland have been drawn to play Spain and Croatia in Group Four of League A in the Uefa Na…

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Uefa Nations League draw – live!

Follow the draw for Uefa’s new competition as it unfoldsEmail Barry here or Tweet him here, if you fancyNick Ames: what is the Nations League and will it work? 11.23am GMT Here are the pots from which the League C groups will be drawn. Managerless Scot…

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What is the Uefa Nations League – and will it be successful?

Designed to end the ‘meaningless friendly’, Wednesday’s draw for the inaugural competition has good intentions. But will it actually work?When Uefa first began seriously discussing the prospect of a brand new international competition, back in 2011, th…

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Michael O’Neill turns down Scotland job to stay with Northern Ireland

• O’Neill held talks over taking four-year deal with Scotland• Manager likely to extend Northern Ireland contract to 2024Michael O’Neill has rejected the chance to manage Scotland, with the 48-year-old ending weeks of speculation by announcing he will …

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For Michael O’Neill the logical career choice is Scotland but will he take it? | Ewan Murray

The Northern Ireland manager is due to hold talks over the Scotland job and must choose whether to leave behind his home nation for less lucrative terms but apparent advantagesOnly those fortunate enough to have encountered the scenario will understand…

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Scottish FA to open talks with Michael O’Neill over vacant manager’s job

• Northern Ireland FA granted permission for talks after weeks of deadlock• SFA expected to offer O’Neill four-year contract with lucrative bonusesThe Scottish FA will open talks with its prime managerial target Michael O’Neill after being granted perm…

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Where it went wrong for the teams who missed out on the World Cup

Fans from 21 countries explain why they will be staying at home next summer. Holland were unlucky, Italy were mismanaged and Mongolia were a disasterFive points out of a possible 18 from our games against Belgium, Greece and Cyprus proved fatal. Greece…

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Scotland make approach for Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill

• Scottish FA wants O’Neill to succeed Gordon Strachan• Northern Ireland lost in World Cup play-off to SwitzerlandThe Scottish Football Association has made an official approach for Northern Ireland’s manager, Michael O’Neill.O’Neill has emerged as the…

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Scotland ready to make Michael O’Neill a double-your-money offer

• Northern Ireland manager in line for £1m a year contract• O’Neill also linked with Rangers, Sunderland and US clubsNorthern Ireland’s remarkable era under Michael O’Neill could be nearing its end, with Scotland preparing to tempt the manager with a d…

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Scotland ready to make Michael O’Neill a double-your-money offer

• Northern Ireland manager in line for £1m a year contract• O’Neill also linked with Rangers, Sunderland and US clubsNorthern Ireland’s remarkable era under Michael O’Neill could be nearing its end, with Scotland preparing to tempt the manager with a d…