Tuesday 27 September 2016

Irish fans left fuming as James McClean is denied a stonewall penalty

Published 22/06/2016 | 21:04

Republic of Ireland's James McClean gestures towards referee Ovidiu Hategan after being challenged by Italy's Federico Bernardeschi in the penalty area
Republic of Ireland's James McClean gestures towards referee Ovidiu Hategan after being challenged by Italy's Federico Bernardeschi in the penalty area
22 June 2016; James McClean of Republic of Ireland in action against Federico Bernardeschi of Italy during the UEFA Euro 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille, France. Photo by Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

Ireland fans were whipped into a frenzy of fury after the referee failed to award a penalty for what was a blatant foul on James McClean by an Italian defender.

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It's currently 0-0 between Ireland and Italy after an intense 45 minutes but, with just over a minute before the break, Federico Bernardeschi clearly bundled over McClean as he bounded towards goal. The referee, Ovidiu Haţegan, also ignored another stonewall spot kick for Daryl Murphy.

The Irish fans are not happy.







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