Horse racing - Irish jockey James banned for dead horse photo

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LONDON (Reuters) - Irish amateur jockey Rob James has been banned for 12 months, eight of them suspended, after a video emerged of him climbing on the back of a dead horse.

A statement from the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) said James had acted in a manner "prejudicial to the integrity and good reputation of horse racing".

It is the second time this month that the sport has been dragged through the mud after Grand National-winning trainer Gordon Elliott was banned for 12 months, six suspended, after a photograph showed him straddling a dead horse.

James apologised for his actions last week.

"I would just like to apologise for my actions which were wholly inappropriate and disrespectful," he said.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Toby Davis)