Belfast Telegraph

Editor's Viewpoint: Not boxing clever

The eyes of the sporting world were also on Belfast this weekend, and unfortunately this ended in a total disgrace. Trouble broke out among part of the audience at an Irish heavyweight boxing championship bout in the Odyssey arena.

This was caused by excessive drinking, which led to unseemly scenes and the intervention of riot police. It is time that the Odyssey took a long, hard look at its security measures, and its general policy of permitting alcohol to be taken into the arena. There is absolutely no excuse for such a self-indulgent approach, and for allowing a minority to ruin an event for everyone else.

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