Monday, 12 June 2017

We Were Robbed -Martin O'Neill Angered By Disallowed Goal

Republic of Ireland coach Martin O'Neill believes that his team were robbed by the match officials after a late goal was disallowed in their 1-1 draw with Austria. Jonathan Walters' 85th-minute goal cancelled out Martin Hinteregger's first-half opener in Sunday's World Cup qualifying draw in Dublin - but the home side thought they had won it when Shane Duffy scrambled the ball over the line with three minutes left.

Spanish referee David Fernandez Borbalan instead gave Austria a free-kick, possibly for a foul by Duffy on full-back Stefan Lainer on the goal-line, and Republic of Ireland boss O'Neill was unimpressed with the decision
He said “We genuinely feel robbed because it should have been a goal, the goal should have counted and even the Austrians are surprised themselves that it wasn't given.
I thought initially that the referee had given it. The linesman rushed up to the half-way line thinking the goal had been given and had to come back again. It was a poor decision, a really poor decision and it cost us three points in the end.”
The result sees Republic of Ireland move to 12 points from six matches in their battle with Serbia, Austria and Wales to qualify from Group D.

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