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Monday 22 September 2014

Ulster rugby stars apologise for 'Ethiopia' photograph

Adrian Rutherford

Published 12/07/2014 | 02:30

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The photograph featured Chris Henry, Andrew Trimble, Paddy Jackson, Michael Allen and Paddy McAllister. Photo: Alan Lewis

ULSTER Rugby has apologised after some of its players appeared in a photograph with their faces covered in black make-up to mimic the Ethiopian Olympic team.

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Ireland international Paddy Jackson can be seen wearing gold chains in the picture.

Two other members of Ireland's Six Nations-winning squad, Chris Henry and Andrew Trimble, also appear in the picture.

A fourth Ulster rugby player, Michael Allen, and former player Paddy McAllister are also pictured.

The image, which was posted on Mr Jackson's Twitter feed, has since been removed.

All five have artificially blackened skin in the photograph and they are dressed in the Ethiopian national colours of green, yellow and red. Jackson (22) appears to have a chain around his body, leading to accusations that he was making fun of slavery.

In a statement, Ulster Rugby said the players "apologise unreservedly for any offence".

Irish Independent

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