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Olympic ref Gallagher hit in pocket

By David Kelly

Omagh boxing referee Michael Gallagher has been dealt a financial blow on the back of the fall-out from the controversy which marred the Olympic Games in Rio.

Gallagher was one of the judges who incredulously voted in favour of Russian gold medallist Evgeny Tishchenko in the heavyweight final, which led to a huge out-cry before being followed by Belfast man Michael Conlan's exit at the quarter-final stage.

The World amateur governing body AIBA have stood down all 36 officials in Rio pending an investigation, while at the same time announcing their decision to disband the 5-Star referee and judge programme.

The 5-Star officials - including Gallagher - known as 'The Magnificent Seven', were paid $40-50,000 plus expenses a year by AIBA, who have clearly been shamed into taking the decision to sideline their top referees and judges.

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