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Paul Kimmage: 'I don't think we'll ever see that money again'

Questions remain about the fund raised by supporters for the Irish journalist.

PAUL KIMMAGE SAYS he doesn’t expect to ever gain access to thousands of dollars which were raised by supporters in the face of a legal battle with the UCI.

The Irish journalist was the focus of a global online campaign by cycling fans, when he was faced with a defamation case against UCI chief Pat McQuaid. The action has since been suspended by the Dubliner, a former friend and manager of Kimmage’s.

Questions were raised about the fund last month as it emerged that up to $65,000 had allegedly been moved from a PayPal account by a fund administrator.

“I’m not sure we’re ever going to see that money again,” the former pro-rider told Eoin McDevitt on the SecondCaptains podcast this week.

“We are trying to put some pressure on Aaron Brown, the individual who’s taking care, for want of a better phrase, of the money. But he is not cooperating with us in any way. I’d be doubtful if  we’re ever going to see it again.

“It’s massively, massively disappointing. Because again so many people gave money in good faith and for the money to be used in this way is unacceptable and disgraceful and I feel really bad because my name is being associated with this. I feel really bad about what’s happened, it’s awful. Just awful.”

Having lost his job at the Sunday Times, Kimmage admits he was left vulnerable in the face of the battle with former friend and now world cycling boss McQuaid. But when almost $100,000 was raised by supporters throughout the world, he vowed to fight the case.

McQuaid and the sport’s chiefs have since suspended the action but Kimmage was urged to use the fund to go on the attack. He talks about it here, 4 minutes in or so:

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