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Boxer halts case against council that cut him from Games team

A former champion boxer has ended his lawsuit over being dropped from Northern Ireland's Commonwealth Games team
A former champion boxer has ended his lawsuit over being dropped from Northern Ireland's Commonwealth Games team

By Alan Erwin

A former champion boxer has ended his lawsuit over being dropped from Northern Ireland's Commonwealth Games team.

Conor Wallace was seeking damages after being deselected from the squad, which competed in Australia in April.

But it was confirmed at the High Court yesterday that the 22-year-old has now withdrawn his claim.

Judgment was entered for the defendant in the action against the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council (NICGC).

Mr Wallace, a former Ulster light-heavyweight amateur champion, went to court in March seeking an order to be reinstated after the NICGC dropped him from the team.

At the time, police said they were investigating a complaint against a man from the Newry area.

Mr Wallace, who has now turned professional and relocated to Australia, denied any wrongdoing and was not arrested or questioned.

At a previous hearing, the boxer's lawyer said he had been confronted by a self-styled vigilante group.

A barrister for the NICGC insisted, however, that its actions were at all times based on child protection issues and the police investigation.

Mr Wallace is well-known for working with UFC Superstar Conor McGregor at a 2016 training camp in America.

He was due to pursue a claim for damages over his deselection, and the case was set to go to trial later this month.

But in court yesterday, Patrick Lyttle QC, for the NICGC, confirmed the action was no longer proceeding.

"The position is, in effect, the plaintiff is withdrawing his claim," he said.

In a statement following the outcome, the NICGC said: "At the time of deselection, the NICGC stated that the decision was based upon the protection of all parties, and was not a determination of Mr Wallace's guilt or innocence in relation to any other matter."

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