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Remarkable controversy as Republic of Ireland U17s knocked out of Euros

16 May 2018, 01:11 | Winifred Adams

Ireland keeper sent off in U17 Euros shootout

Martin O'Neill confronts referee after Ireland U17 goalkeeper sent off in penalty shootout

Republic of Ireland Under 17s exited the European Championship in controversial fashion on Monday when goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran was sent off during the penalty shoot-out against Holland.

The Dutch player scored to put them through 5-4 on penalties.

Inexplicably, Proske then shocked all watching at Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, UK, by astoundingly showing Corcoran a second yellow card, resulting in a red and his dismissal, reducing the young shot stopper to tears.

Ireland centre-back Oisin McEntee was then forced to take over in between the sticks, but was unable to save Redan's retaken spot-kick, which was sacked into exactly the same spot as before, except this time it hit the back of the net as the Netherlands progressed through to the semi-finals of the competition.

A distraught Corcoran was eventually helped from the floor and off the pitch by teammates.

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This week, Republic of Ireland u17 goalkeeper James Corcoran has received more attention from mainstream media than ever before.

The incident led to widespread criticism of Czech official Zbynek Proske, who was confronted by Ireland senior manager Martin O'Neill as the Dutch celebrated their progression.

Ireland boss Colin O'Brien claims the referee had twice warned the Dutch keeper for moving off the line early without taking action, before carding Corcoran.

The teams were forced to decide the match by a penalty shootout after the match had ended 1-1. This is football and that's why we play sport; for the ups and downs.

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