Jackson denies alleged sexual offences

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 11: Paddy Jackson of Ireland during the 1st Castle Lager Incoming Series Test match between South Africa and Ireland at DHL Newlands Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images)

Ireland fly-half Paddy Jackson has denied any allegations against him after withdrawing from the Ireland squad to face the All Blacks due to “personal reasons”.

Jackson, along with Ulster team-mate Stuart Olding, has been questioned by police in relation to a number of alleged sexual offences reported to have taken place at a property in south Belfast on June 28.

KRW Law, acting on behalf of Jackson, released a statement on Tuesday warning the media to “to restrain from any damaging speculation”.

“He (Jackson) rejects completely any allegations made against him,” the statement read.

“Patrick has cooperated fully with police in their inquiries and we have been liaising with police on his behalf. We are both disappointed and indeed concerned that this information has been leaked to the press before the investigation has concluded and well in advance of any final decision.

“This has the potential to be prejudicial to our client’s interests. We will not hesitate to take all necessary steps to protect his legal position as he is entitled to the presumption of innocence.”

A spokesman for Ulster Rugby said: “Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been assisting the PSNI with their enquiries. The players deny any wrongdoing and have not been charged with any offence. As no charges have been brought forward, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”