NI footballer apologises for wife's racist tweet about referee

Furious Jonny Evans says penalty decision was 'even worse than the Thierry Henry v Ireland handball'

Corry Evans has issued an apology after his wife launched a vile racist tirade at the Romanian referee who awarded a controversial penalty against her husband in Northern Ireland's World Cup play-off defeat by Switzerland last night.

"I don't know why it is such a big topic or why there is such a big discussion around it; we should leave it", the Arsenal midfielder said.

O'Neill was also incensed that referee Hategan only gave a yellow card to defender Fabian Schar for a wild fifth-minute hack at Stuart Dallas that injured the Leeds winger and looks to have ruled him out of Sunday's game.

Who's already qualified for the 2018 World Cup? "It's odd because I had a feeling the referee knew that he had made a wrong decision and I'm sure he was getting fed information throughout the game and he could tell with everybody else's reaction that maybe he had made the wrong call".

"It was actually a worse decision (than Thierry Henry's handball) because the ref has made a call that was not there".


"You know it is not as if we are in Basel with very little to play for".

"It's unusual because I had a feeling the referee knew that he had made a wrong decision and I'm sure he was getting feed information throughout the game and he could tell with everybody else's reaction that maybe he had made the wrong call". But it was too late, he has given the decision and it's hard to take.

I'm very proud of the team that we took maybe the best result that we could get here. 'I haven't said anything to Corry.

Control the game once againTwo contrasting playing styles were evident in the encounter in Belfast: Switzerland usually average around 60 per cent possession in their matches, whereas Northern Ireland are normally closer to 40 per cent. Coach Vladimir Petkovic's charges succeeded in making the hosts chase the ball to such an extent that they failed to manage a single shot on target. "We sent out a signal that we were there, going in for headers, duels and tackles", said Petkovic.

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