Northern Ireland’s attempt to reach the World Cup next year hit a stumbling block when the referee in the the first leg of their qualification play-off against Switzerland awarded a controversial second-half penalty to the visitors.
Corry Evans was deemed to have handled inside the area, despite the player appearing to have turned his back on the ball at a lively Windsor Park on Thursday night.
Defender Ricardo Rodríguez scored the spot-kick, the Swiss went on to win 0-1 and take a valuable away goal into the next game.
Furious fans made their feelings known on Twitter and these are the best of the jokes after the dodgy penalty decision in Northern Ireland’s World Cup play-off defeat to Switzerland:
— BenchWarmers ⚽️ (@BeWarmers) November 9, 2017
#GAWA Referee has been trying to do Northern Ireland from the off. Refereeing like he has a lifetime supply of Toblerone coming his way
— Stewart Weir (@sweirz) November 9, 2017
Northern Ireland fans believe the referee might be a solo artiste in the bedroom. The singing seems to suggest that. #GAWA
— Frank Mitchell (@frank_broadcast) November 9, 2017
— Ray (@RayMcGrath) November 9, 2017
— Davey Sloan (@DaveySloan) November 9, 2017
— Patrick Kielty (@PatricKielty) November 9, 2017
— Christopher Hegarty (@C_Hegarty37) November 9, 2017
Referee should be ashamed of himself #NIRSUI
— Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer543) November 9, 2017
You could use 280 characters to describe the ref but 4 will do.
— King Kenny Stand (@KingKennyStand) November 9, 2017
— Paul Burns (@PaulBurns1879) November 9, 2017
FIFA headquarters are in Switzerland, that’s all I’m saying #NIRSUI
— Paul LUFC (@pistol1603) November 9, 2017
BOYCOTT SWISS CHEESE #GAWA
— Jason Ashford (@jasonashford89) November 9, 2017
Just binned all Lindt that was in our fridge
I was going to bin the cheese too but the only cheddar in there is Coleraine 👊🏼#gawa
— Stephen Clements (@radiostephen) November 9, 2017
— colin murray (@ColinMurray) November 9, 2017
— Sam Street (@samstreetwrites) November 9, 2017
— Phill Shields (@phill_shields) November 9, 2017
— Alec Adoo (@AlecAdoo1) November 10, 2017
Good luck to this ref getting out of Belfast tonight… 😡 #NIRSUI
— Holly Hamilton (@HollyHNews) November 9, 2017
Sepp Blatter is Swiss. Enough said
— peter greer (@PeterGreer1982) November 9, 2017
— Bradley Cates (@Bradley_Cates) November 9, 2017
It’s only football but if that referee isn’t lynched, hung, drawn & quartered by an angry mob then it’s an injustice.
One of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen#NIRSUI
— Redders (@JamesRedwood32) November 9, 2017
Haha fuck off Northern Ireland you wannabe Brits
— Squawka Football (@Squawka_) November 9, 2017