WHAT A SWIZZ

North­ern Ire­land hopes suf­fer mas­sive blow after harsh Evans hand­ball call

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SPORT - BY DAR­REN FULLERTON

MICHAEL O’NEILL laid into the ref­eree after a con­tentious penalty put North­ern Ire­land’s World Cup hopes on the ropes.

An­gry boos echoed around Wind­sor Park when Ro­ma­nian of­fi­cial Ovidiu Hate­gan awarded a 57th minute spot kick for an ap­par­ent hand­ball by Corry Evans.

Tele­vi­sion footage showed the Black­burn mid­fielder had blocked Xher­dan Shaqirir’s shot with his shoul­der.

O’neill fumed: “It is stag­ger­ing in this day and age when the stakes are so high that some­thing like that is a game-changer.

“I don’t think I’ve seen a worse de­ci­sion in any of the games I’ve been in­volved

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