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Corry Evans wife returns to Twitter to apologise for offensive tweet about referee

By Jonathan Bell

Corry Evans' wife has apologised for an offensive tweet targeted at the Romanian referee during the Northern Ireland versus Switzerland match on Thursday.

Lisa Evans returned to Twitter to post an apology and to say she "should never have let her emotions take over."

The wife of Northern Ireland footballer Corry Evans had been criticised for posting an offensive tweet about the referee in the Northern Ireland game against Switzerland on Thursday from her Twitter account.

In her apology she tweeted: "I would like to sincerely apologise to anyone I offended for the language contained in my tweet. I understand it was completely unacceptable, I should have never let my emotions take over. I would never condone racism in an way."

Handball was given against Evans in the crucial first leg tie in the game at Windsor Park giving the Swiss a crucial advantage in the tie. The decision however, sparked fury among the team and the Green and White Army as it appeared the ball hit Evans on the back and not his hand.

Later a tweet appeared on Lisa Evans' account about Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan.

"Romanian gypsy c***!!! And to actually think Northern Ireland has probably homed one of his smelly relatives!! Ungrateful t***!! Anyway onwards and upwards. #GAWA," it said.

Shortly after, the tweet along with her account was deleted.

Lisa's husband Corry described the decision as a disgrace. Because he was booked for the offence he misses the second leg in Basle.

In a statement 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."

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