Irish boxer Michael Conlan's controversial loss at Rio 2016 sends social media into a tailspin
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Irish boxer Michael Conlan's controversial loss at Rio 2016 sends social media into a tailspin

SOCIAL media went into a tailspin after Michael Conlan was controversially beaten in the Olympic quarter-final.

The Irish boxer took to let his feelings known in a post-match interview where he slammed amateur boxing as rotten.

“I was here for Olympic Gold. My dream’s been shattered now.”

“These ones are known for being cheats and they’ll always be cheats”, an angry Conlon said.

Boxing fans were equally outraged at the result and took to social media to vent.

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Here's a flavour of what they had to say...

Team Ireland team-mate Paddy Barnes didn't need to say anything to show his disgust...

But later Barnes blasted the Irish Amateur Boxing Association

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Which Michael Conlan seemed to agree with...

Some pro boxers showed their support for Michael, including WBC Champion Tony Bellew

And then former fighter Darren Barker chipped in

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Andy Lee summing up the mood of a nation

While Matthew Macklin believes the result was decided months ago

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Some were impressed with Conlan including MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

And The Sunday Game's finest got on the case

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