November 10, 2017 16:48 GMT by theguardian.com

Corry Evans apologises for wife’s racist rant at Romanian referee

Corry Evans apologises for wife’s racist rant at Romanian referee

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

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 Sunday’s second leg in Basel.

A tweet from Lisa Evans’ account read: “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’ tweet has been deleted and her account deactivated.

In a statement issued through the Irish Football Association on Friday, Corry 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 Corry Evans has travelled to Switzerland with the Northern Ireland squad for the return game. Michael O’Neill, the Northern Ireland manager, described the penalty against Evans as the worst decision he has witnessed during his international career.

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