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AIBA describe Conlan’s “f*cking cheats” claim as “foundless”

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The International Boxing Association (AIBA) have responded to Michael Conlan’s claim that they are “f*cking cheats” following his scandalous Olympic quarter final defeat this afternoon.

The Belfast bantam was adjudged to have lost his bronze medal-guaranteeing clash with Vladimir Nikitin unanimously (28-29 x3) and was understandably furious in the immediate aftermath.

The 24 year old Irishman was supported by the near-entirety of the boxing community, but the AIBA refuted Conlan’s assertion that they are “cheating b*stards.”

A spokesperson for the much-maligned governing body this evening stated that “Michael is a current World champion and he came here with high expectations.”

“His disappointment is massive, we can all understand that.”

“It’s his personal judgment.”

“AIBA is striving for a fair, level-playing field. The idea is not to benefit one country towards another. These statements are foundless but he’s free to have his opinion.”

Joe O'Neill

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