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.
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.”
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