Ireland’s Under-17 suffered heartbreak in their European Championship quarter-final tie against the Netherlands on Monday.
The contest finished 1-1 after 80 minutes, Tottenham youngster Troy Parrott equalising for Ireland after Liam Van Gelderen had given the Dutch the lead.
What happened in the ensuing penalty shootout will be spoken about in Ireland for quite some time.
It was 4-4 in the shootout when Daishawn Redan stepped up to take the deciding penalty for the Netherlands.
Ireland goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran saved Redan’s effort, seemingly forcing sudden death.
However, the referee deemed Corcoran to have moved off his line before the ball was struck and he ordered the penalty to be retaken.
Not only that, but the ref showed Corcoran a second yellow card and sent him off.
Centre-back Oisin McEntee went in goal but he couldn’t prevent Redan from scoring and sending the Netherlands through.
The incident stunned football fans on Twitter, with many calling for the referee, Czech official Zbynek Proske, to receive a ban.
Indeed, former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise took to Twitter to write: “He should be banned for a long time!”
Corcoran was deeply upset when he found out the penalty was to be taken again and even more so when he was sent off.
Martin O’Neill, manager of Ireland’s senior team, was in attendance and he confronted Proske on the pitch at the end of the shootout.
And he’s not the only one who is unhappy with the official. Check out the reaction on social media.
Former Premier League official Mark Halsey was asked on Twitter what he thought of the situation.
“Referee is correct in law if in his opinion the keeper has come off his line before the kick has been taken,” Halsey said.
“However let’s use a little bit of common sense in this situation, referee went looking for trouble he should have just played on no one would have said anything.”
The still image suggests that even if Corcoran had moved from his line, it wasn’t by much.
It’s disappointment for Ireland, but Corcoran can expect a warm welcome and bags of support upon his return from the tournament.News Now - Sport News