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'I don’t really know him' – Olympic hero Paddy Barnes discusses relationship with crime boss Kinahan

Published 08/11/2016 | 09:11

Paddy Barnes, inset Daniel Kinahan
Paddy Barnes, inset Daniel Kinahan

Paddy Barnes has moved to distance himself from Daniel Kinahan, following a tweet which pictured him alongside the crime boss.

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Speaking to The Irish Daily Star, Barnes said: “I don’t really know him other than what’s in the press. I don’t know who he is. I don’t know who the guy is.”

These comments come after Barnes posted a picture on social media in which he is posing alongside Kinahan.

The picture was taken at a boxing event in Portugal and also features several other boxers and managers including Jamie Conlan, the older brother of Michael.

Paddy Barnes wrote alongside the image on his Twitter account: “Hey, @djk256 didn’t even know we had a picture together! Sure to cause a sh*t storm”.

The MGM is run by Matthew Macklin, a retired boxer and friend of Daniel Kinahan. Neither Barnes or Macklin have any involvement in criminality.

Two-time Olympic medallist Barnes (29) beat rival Stefan Slachev in bizarre circumstances at the Titanic Centre bout after his opponent was disqualified in the fourth round for lifting him. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Two-time Olympic medallist Barnes (29) beat rival Stefan Slachev in bizarre circumstances at the Titanic Centre bout after his opponent was disqualified in the fourth round for lifting him. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Barnes (29) previously said Kinahan could sit in his corner if he so wished, saying: “If he wants to sit in my corner, he can sit in my corner”.

When asked about these comments, Barnes said: "That was misinterpreted. It's just lies."

Gardai believe that Kinahan (39) has taken over his father Chirsty Snr’s organised crime enterprise in recent years, and was previously arrested in Spain as part of a massive operation targeting the cartel.

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