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.
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...
— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) August 16, 2016
But later Barnes blasted the Irish Amateur Boxing Association
At least have balls and say he was robbed blind https://t.co/UGbyyND5b7
— Paddy Barnes (@paddyb_ireland) August 16, 2016
Which Michael Conlan seemed to agree with...
— Strictly Boxing Fans (@BoxingBritain1) August 16, 2016
Some pro boxers showed their support for Michael, including WBC Champion Tony Bellew
— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) August 16, 2016
And then former fighter Darren Barker chipped in
— Darren Barker (@DarrenBarker82) August 16, 2016
Andy Lee summing up the mood of a nation
— Andy Lee (@AndyLeeBoxing) August 16, 2016
While Matthew Macklin believes the result was decided months ago
— matthew macklin (@mattmacklin) August 16, 2016
Some were impressed with Conlan including MOTD presenter Gary Lineker
Get off the fence, Michael. https://t.co/mnD4D4xqUo
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 16, 2016
And The Sunday Game's finest got on the case
@AIBA_Boxing obviously fixed. What do you intend to do about it?
— Joe Brolly (@JoeBrolly1993) August 16, 2016