Football

Long should have been awarded a penalty.

Ireland denied stonewall penalty against Belgium

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

Football matches can sometimes be decided by just one refereeing decision and that appeared to be the case during Ireland’s defeat to Belgium on Saturday afternoon.

With the scores level at 0-0 shortly after half-time, Ireland were denied what appeared to be a stonewall penalty.

The ball was played in towards striker Shane Long but both Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen attempted to clear the ball with raised feet.

SIGN UP NOW

Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4

Article continues below

Vertonghen caught Long in the midriff while Alderweireld made contact with the forward’s head. As many people have pointed out, anywhere else on the pitch and it would have been a definite free-kick.

Not only were Ireland incensed with the decision to have been awarded a penalty, just seconds later they found themselves 1-0 down.

Article continues below

Should it have been a penalty?

Twitter certainly thought it should have been a spot-kick. Here are some of the best tweets:

The Belgian's instantly went on the conter-attack and Romelu Lukaku neatly finished from a Kevin de Bruyne’s pass.

Belgium's goal

From that point onwards, it was all Belgium. Axel Witsel made it 2-0 with a header in the 61st minute and Lukaku scored his second with 20 minutes remaining.

The result leaves Ireland’s Euro 2016 campaign hanging by a thread. Martin O’Neill’s side have just one point from their opening two matches and need a win against Italy to stand any chance to progress to the last-16.

The only consolation is that Italy are now guaranteed top spot in the group meaning they may rest players for the final fixture on Wednesday.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Shane Long
Belgium Football
Euro 2016
Football
Premier League
Southampton

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again