Andy Lee reacts to "disgusting and disgraceful" decision which cost Michael Conlan

Irish middleweight gives his take on today's controversy

Andy Lee reacts to "disgusting and disgraceful" decision which cost Michael Conlan

Andy Lee at today's announcement of his WBO World Middleweight Championship defence against Billy Joe Saunders on 19th September ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Andy Lee has branded the decision which led to Michael Conlan being deemed the loser of his Rio 2016 bantamweight quarter-final as "disgusting and disgraceful".

Like many observers, the Irish middleweight was mystified as to how the judges could have deemed Vladimir Nikitin the winner.

Speaking on Off The Ball, Lee had plenty of sympathy for Conlan.

"It's disgusting, it's disgraceful and the worst part about it is that it's all too familiar with amateur boxing and it's been going on for years," he said.

"Usually you'd take it at a European Championships that are held in the back end of nowhere. But you always felt you'd get a fair shake at the Olympic Games because it's too big of a stage. There's too big of an audience. But it seems like they just don't really care what people are thinking and this is not the first one at this championship.

"Katie Taylor yesterday, not as clear cut and you can make an argument for the Finnish boxer. But I felt [Katie] won the fight and there have been other fights. Last night, another Russian in the heavyweight final for the gold medal, fought the Kazakh and by everyone's opinion, lost all three rounds and was given the decision."