Martin O'Neill confronts referee following Ireland U17 penalty controversy

Martin O'Neill confronts referee following Ireland U17 penalty controversy

Martin O'Neill confronts referee following Ireland U17 penalty controversy

The Republic of Ireland were made pay for the sins of the opposition according to Colin O'Brien as the Under 17s made a cruel exit at the quarter final stage of the European Championships. Corcoran saved Redan's spot kick and looked to have kept the Irish hopes alive.

While Corcoran denied Redan, referee Proske deemed the goalkeeper to have moved off his line in advance of the shot and surprisingly issued the...

Was it a yellow card for the Irish keeper?

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Corcoran was understandably distraught after being dismissed. Per UEFA rules, a team is not allowed to substitute their goalkeeper, preventing Ireland from introducing Sean Bohan, and instead defender Oisín McEntee went in goal.

However, the players' confusion and frustration after the red left a sour taste in the mouth, with plenty of questions to be asked - not least of all about the Dutch keeper, who was off his line for the first shoot-out penalty.

If Daishawn Redan scored, the Netherlands were through.

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In case you missed it, the Irish were dumped out of the youth tournament in truly controversial circumstances, with the referee actually sending off goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran during the penalty shootout.

As the Dutch wheeled away in triumph after a 5-4 victory on penalties following a 1-1 draw at the end of the game, Corcoran broke down in tears and was comforted by his team-mates. The second is that the level of maturity shown by the former Douglas Community School striker makes us all the more confident that Idah has the ability and mentality to bounce back and continue his domineering ascension to football's top ranks.

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