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NI footballer apologises for wife’s racist tweet about referee

Referee Ovidiu Hategan dismisses questions by Northern Ireland's Oliver Norwood, Steve Davis and Gareth McAuley about his controversial penalty decision during the 1-0 defeat to Switzerland in the World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park.

Footballer Corry Evans has apologised for a racist tweet his wife wrote about the referee during the Northern Ireland v Switzerland game.

Lisa Evans has deleted the tweet which contained graphic and racist language, but it was shared on social media. She has also since tweeted an apology.

It makes reference to the referee being Romanian. In a controversial devision during Thursday night’s World Cup qualifier, Ovidiu Hategan awarded a penalty after deeming midfielder Evans had handled the ball.

Northern Ireland's Corry Evans protests that the ball hit him on the arm after the controversial penalty decision during the 1-0 defeat to Switzerland in the World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park. Credit: Pacemaker

The Swiss team won 0-1 after scoring the penalty.

In a statement released by the Irish Football Association on Friday, Mr Evans said: “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.”