Evans apologises for wife’s racist out­burst at ref­eree

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Corry Evans has is­sued an un­re­served apol­ogy for his wife’s racist rant at Ovidiu Hate­gan af­ter the Ro­ma­nian ref­eree gave a con­tro­ver­sial penalty against the North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tional.

Lisa Evans abused the match of­fi­cial in an ex­ple­tive-laden tweet af­ter he pe­nalised her hus­band for hand­ball in the World Cup play-off de­feat by Switzer­land. Hate­gan’s de­ci­sion to book the Black­burn Rovers mid­fielder means he is sus­pended for to­mor­row’s sec­ond leg in Basel.

A tweet from Evans’s ac­count said: “Ro­ma­nian gypsy cunt!!! And to ac­tu­ally think North­ern Ire­land has prob­a­bly homed one of his smelly rel­a­tives!! Un­grate­ful twat!! Any­way on­wards and up­wards. #GAWA”. Evans’s tweet has been deleted and her ac­count was briefly de­ac­ti­vated be­fore she reap­peared on Twit­ter to is­sue an apol­ogy of her own.

“I would like to sin­cerely apol­o­gise to any­one I of­fended for the lan­guage con­tained in my tweet, I un­der­stand it was com­pletely un­ac­cept­able, I should never have let my emo­tions take over. I would never con­done racism in any way.”

Ear­lier, in a state­ment is­sued through the Ir­ish Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, 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.”

De­spite his sus­pen­sion Evans has trav­elled to Switzer­land with the squad for the re­turn game. Michael O’Neill, the North­ern Ire­land man­ager, de­scribed the penalty against Evans as the worst

North­ern Ire­land’s Corry Evans picked up a book­ing against Switzer­land, which means the de­fender misses to­mor­row’s sec­ond leg de­ci­sion he has wit­nessed dur­ing his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer.

O’Neill be­lieves that raw sense of in­jus­tice can fuel the im­prove­ment re­quired for his team to sal­vage their World Cup as­pi­ra­tions. “We have noth­ing to lose,” he said. “We are a lit­tle bit of a vic­tim and we have to use it in that way and we will see how the Swiss deal with it on their home ter­ri­tory.”

Evans’s brother, Jonny, be­lieves the tie is far from de­cided. “Al­though the anger and dis­ap­point­ment is still brew­ing we have to make sure we pick our­selves up and give ev­ery­thing go­ing into the sec­ond game,” he said. “We’ve still got a big chance to turn it round. It’s hap­pened early enough in the tie … We still have the abil­ity and char­ac­ter in the squad to turn it around. You look back at the Eu­ros, we lost the open­ing game to Poland. We man­aged to come back, played un­be­liev­able against Ukraine, so we will have to see. There’s still a lot of mo­ti­va­tion in the squad and a big prize there for us.”

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