Watch: Inconsolable young goalie collapses in tears after getting sent off midway through penalty shootout

A young goalkeeper was visibly heartbroken after he was sent off by the referee midway through a penalty shootout in the quarter-finals of the U17 European Championship.

After a 1-1 draw between Ireland and the Netherlands couldn't be broken up in extra time yesterday, James Corcoran looked to give the Irish the upper hand when he saved the Dutch side's fifth spot-kick.

But the fairytale story quickly became a nightmare referee Zbynek Proske ruled the save invalid and issued Corcoran a yellow card for coming off his line to illegally block the shot.

With the yellow being Corcoran's second in the match, he was also sent off as a result.

The young keeper collapsed in tears at the sight of red and had to be comforted by his teammates before finally handing over his gloves and goalkeeper shirt to defender Oisin McEntee.

The Dutch didn't falter in their second attempt, slotting home the goal and advancing to the semi-finals as a result.

Irish officials immediately took to the pitch after the winning goal to argue with the ref - even the senior team manager Martin O'Neill took expressed his disagreement with the decision.

The Netherlands now play England in the semi-finals while Italy and Belgium face off on the other side of the bracket.


Fijian player cops seven-game ban after saying 'white people' at Kiwi referee

The Oceania Football Confederation has handed a seven-game ban to a Fijian player who used the phrase "white people" in reference to match officials during an OFC Champions League semifinal match.

The governing body says Lautoka forward Samuela Drudru has also been banned from entering stadiums for "discriminatory behaviour".

The OFC says a sanction over the mandatory five-game ban reflected "the gravity of the incident".

The referee from New Zealand reported comments Drudru made after being sent off for a second yellow card in the match against Marist of the Solomon Islands on April 22.

Fijian media reported Drudru acknowledged using the phrase "white people."

Without Drudru, Lautoka lost 6-0 to Team Wellington in the first leg of the Champions League final. The return game is on Sunday in Fiji.

Nadi's Samuela Drudru smashes Auckland keeper Tamati Williams in the face after Tamati safely has the ball. OFC Champions League Group Stage Fiji 2014, Auckland City FC v Nadi FC, Churchill Park, Lautoka, Tuesday 8th April 2014. Photo: Shane Wenzlick
Samuela Drudru in action during the 2014 OFC Champions League. Source: Photosport



Sir Alex Ferguson out of intensive care after brain haemorrhage

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is out of intensive care, having had emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage last week.

Ferguson, 76, was hospitalised on Sunday NZT, undergoing the emergency procedure at Salford Royal Hospital in England.

In a statement released overnight, Manchester United confirmed the news of their legendary manager's condition.

"Sir Alex no longer needs intensive care and will continue rehabilitation as an inpatient," the club said in a statement.

"His family have been overwhelmed by the level of support and good wishes but continue to request privacy as this will be vital during this next stage of recovery."

Former Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson Source: Associated Press