Irish rugby players have contracts revoked after rape trial

DUBLIN (AP) — Two Ireland internationals have had their contracts revoked by their clubs and the country's rugby federation, weeks after being found not guilty of raping a woman in 2016.

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were cleared by a jury on a unanimous verdict last month following a nine-week trial in Belfast.

The Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster Rugby, the players' team in Ireland, launched a joint review of the case and said Saturday the contracts of Jackson and Olding have been terminated with immediate effect.

In a statement, the IRFU and Ulster said they had a "responsibility and commitment to the core values of the game — respect, inclusivity and integrity."

Jackson and Olding denied raping the same woman at a party at Jackson's house in south Belfast following a night out in June 2016. Jackson was also found not guilty of sexual assault.