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Northern Ireland say fined Games boxer 'innocent victim'

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have given their full backing to "innocent victim" Sean after the boxer was fined over a disturbance at a nightclub on Australia's

The light-welterweight, 25, was fined by police following an incident in the Surfers Paradise area early on Tuesday morning. His Games had ended on Sunday when he was defeated by England's

Council (NICGC) managers said they had studied CCTV footage "that raises concerns as to the accuracy of the initial information" and had asked police to review their decision.

"The NICGC has reviewed the latest evidence and determined that team sanctions will not be taken against Sean in relation to this incident and we can confirm that he remains an integral member of the squad and the wider team," said the statement.

"In our opinion he is an innocent victim in this matter and he retains the full support of the NICGC." The NICGC is seeking legal advice, it said.

Northern Ireland's team were visibly angered by coverage of the incident involving On Wednesday, coaches and boxers imposed a de facto media blackout, refusing to talk to reporters.

"We are disappointed that the reputation of the and the NICGC is being impugned and we want to ensure that every opportunity is available to resolve this matter," said the statement.

The disturbance reportedly happened at the SinCity Nightclub, the scene of an alleged assault early on Thursday which led to charges against 2014 bronze medallist

An 18-year-old woman was punched in the face and a glass thrown at a man of the same age, cutting his face, police said, adding that investigations are continuing.

"This is not the type of behaviour that we would expect from anybody associated with Team Scotland, past or present," a Team Scotland statement said.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 12:05 IST