European Under-17 Championship: Red-card drama as Republic exit on penalties

Jeppe Pedersen of Denmark is challenged by Adam O'Reilly

Jeppe Pedersen of Denmark is challenged by Adam O'Reilly

Martin O'Neill led the protests after the Republic of Ireland were knocked out of the Under 17 European Championships in controversial circumstances by the Netherlands in Chesterfield on Monday night. With the Irish missing their first penalty, Corcoran needed to save Daishawn Redan's kick to keep the tie alive.

While Corcoran denied Redan, referee Proske deemed the goalkeeper to have moved off his line in advance of the shot and surprisingly issued the...

Corcoran was understandably distraught after being dismissed.

The penalty had to be retaken and Ireland had to put an outfield player in goals for the kick.

Goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran of Republic of Ireland.

When play resumed, captain Redan made no mistake from the retake and fired the Netherlands into the semifinals.

Irish officials remonstrated with the referee after the final whistle with even senior Irish manager Martin O'Neill marching onto the pitch to confront the referee.

As the Dutch wheeled away in triumph after a 5-4 victory on penalties following a 1-1 draw at the end of the game, Corcoran broke down in tears and was comforted by his team-mates.

The referee's decision was also met with outrage by many Irish fans online, with some claiming the Dutch goalkeeper was also guilty of coming off his line early.

"It was obvious the consequences of what was after happening, this was a 16-year-old, obviously he was my son but for any child to have to go through that I thought was very harsh. It still is the moment of his career so far but just for the wrong reasons unfortunately".

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