The under-17 European Championships, hosted in England, is into its closing stages, but there was a controversial moment as the Republic of Ireland were eliminated in the quarter finals.
Ireland goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran was shown a red card during a penalty shoot-out, immediately after saving the penalty which would have sent the game to a sudden-death decider.
The Republic were facing Holland at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium, with a place in the semi-finals of the under-17 tournament at stake.
Liam van Gelderen had put the Netherlands in front but Tottenham striker Troy Parrott levelled things up, meaning the tie went to penalty kicks.
But as Corcoran saved Holland’s last penalty – which would have meant Ireland needed to score to make it 4-4 – the referee spoiled his premature celebrations.
Not only did he award a retake after he adjudged the 16-year-old had stepped off his line, but showed him a second yellow card for the incident, meaning defender Oisin McEntee faced the retake, which was duly dispatched.
Senior manager Martin O’Neill joined the protests on the pitch at full time, but ultimately Ireland were eliminated in very controversial circumstances.
Ireland have been eliminated in bizarre, controversial fashion at the U17 Euros after goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran was shown a second yellow card for moving off his line too early during the penalty shootout https://t.co/O48xsGehPh pic.twitter.com/yroYmS84ca
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) May 14, 2018
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