Saturday 21 July 2018

Northern Ireland star apologises 'unreservedly' after wife calls referee a 'Romanian gypsy c***' in post-match rant

Northern Ireland's Corry Evans reacts after conceding a penalty for handball during the 2018 World Cup Qualifying Play-Off, First Leg match at Windsor Park, Belfast. Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland's Corry Evans reacts after conceding a penalty for handball during the 2018 World Cup Qualifying Play-Off, First Leg match at Windsor Park, Belfast. Niall Carson/PA Wire.
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The wife of a Northern Ireland player who controversially had a penalty awarded against him in last night's World Cup playoff has been criticised for a 'racist and offensive' tweet directed at the referee.

Michael O'Neill's side lost the first leg of their playoff tie against Switzerland 1-0 after Corry Evans was harshly adjudged to have handled the ball in the box, with the visitors converting the decisive spot kick.

Evans, the brother of West Brom defender Jonny Evans, was booked following the incident, which rules him out of Monday's return leg in Switzerland but it was the post-match comments from his wife that has many people talking today.

Evans' wife Lisa took to Twitter after the game and sent a very offensive tweet directed at match official Ovidiu Hategan, whose performance was slammed by O'Neill after the game.

"Romanian gypsy c***!!!," she began.

"And to actually think Northern Ireland has probably homed one of his smelly relatives!! Ungrateful t***!! Anyway onwards and upwards."

A spokesperson for the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland has condemned the tweet.

"Racist and offensive language is not appropriate in any circumstance," they told the BBC.

"When commenting on the behaviour of any individual, making reference to that person's ethnic or national origin is irrelevant."

An apology from Corry Evans on behalf of his wife has since been released through the IFA.

"On behalf of my wife, I would like to apologise unreservedly for the content and language contained in the Tweet that she issued last night.

"The comments were published in the heat of the moment and are not representative of her views."

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