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Referee admits penalty error in Northern Ireland World Cup play-off

The referee who awarded a controversial penalty against Northern Ireland during their World Cup play-off defeat by Switzerland says he made a mistake. Ovidiu Hategan ruled that Corry Evans blocked a shot with his arm during the first leg, despite replays showing the ball struck the player’s shoulder. “It was a sad and unpleasant moment for me, sad because I made ...

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Controversial penalty damages N Ireland’s World Cup hopes

Northern Ireland face an uphill struggle to reach a first World Cup since 1986 after losing to Switzerland in controversial circumstances in the first leg of their play-off at Windsor Park. Ricardo Rodriguez scored with a penalty just before the hour mark after Corry Evans was deemed to have handled inside the area. Though that decision was harsh as the ...

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