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Tuesday 22 August 2017

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

Republic of Ireland's James McClean gestures towards referee Ovidiu Hategan after being challenged by Italy's Federico Bernardeschi in the penalty area during Euro 2016
Republic of Ireland's James McClean gestures towards referee Ovidiu Hategan after being challenged by Italy's Federico Bernardeschi in the penalty area during Euro 2016
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.

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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