Social media users rally round Paddy Barnes after a few digs are aimed his way over his Twitter activity

He lost to a Spanish opponent in his Rio opener

Paddy Barnes

Ireland's Paddy Barnes dejected after the fight ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Paddy Barnes' disappointment is palpable after his early exit from the Rio 2016 Games.

But while most people on Twitter were sympathetic, the two-time bronze medalist was also criticised by some users for his Twitter activity prior to his fight against Samuel Carmona Heredia.

He and Michael Conlan had some fun in the lead-up to the Games online - sometimes at Rory McIlroy's expense (although the golfer did seem to take it in his stride and appeared to see the funny side). 

But reaction online wasn't always positive towards Barnes in the aftermath of his defeat:

 

 

 

 

But many more rallied around the Belfast fighter: