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Red frustration for Doyle

Kevin Doyle's play-off joy was tempered by the red card which will rule home out of the next stage of Ireland's Euro 2012 adventure.

The 28-year-old Wolves striker was sent off for the first time in his professional career after Spanish referee Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez, who had earlier booked him for a rash challenge, ruled that he had elbowed Armenia's Karlen Mkrtchyan during Tuesday night's 2-1 qualifier victory.

Doyle, whose marching orders arrived nine minutes from time, left the pitch bemused, and was still protesting his innocence long after the final whistle. He said: "I jump the same every time, I don't ever deliberately go up to hurt anyone when I go up for a header, and I didn't hurt him."

Doyle added: "If anything, I barely touched him and he made the most of it.

"It's the first time since I was about 12. There's a first time for everything.

"It's frustrating, but we are through, we are in the play-offs and we are one of the top seeds."


From Belfast Telegraph