The first half of the Group E clash between Belgium and the Republic of Ireland at the Euros definitely didn’t lack passion from either side – and we also saw some odd moments too.
It’s not every football match that you get two balls on the pitch, is it?
WHY IS THERE TWO BALLS #BELIRL
— seri (@jiminsniall) June 18, 2016
Huh? What was that all about? #BELIRL
— Danielle (@DMC1982Nice) June 18, 2016
The slight error of two footballs being in play earned Ireland’s Jeff Hendrick the first booking of the game – because he kicked the non-playing ball away, instead of the one that was, well, meant to be in play.
It was a confusing moment for everyone. So you probably won’t be surprised to hear Twitter is not happy with the ref – who’s Cuneyt Cakir of Turkey BTW – for perhaps rather harshly dishing out such a strange yellow card.
— NI Greenways (@nigreenways) June 18, 2016
ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS FROM THE REF TO BOOK HENDRICKS! Play should be stopped when there are 2 balls on the pitch. Ref's mistake. #BELIRL
— Gareth Ford-Elliott (@GarethIsEno) June 18, 2016
That wasn't a card! Absolutely absurd #BELIRL
— Matt Falk (@therealmjf1) June 18, 2016
Free kick for 2 balls on pitch ??? Think ref may have had some explaining to do if they'd scored there #BELIRL
— Andy Grace (@wurzel62) June 18, 2016
But then again people don’t exactly think Hendricks was blameless in the whole thing. Bet he was left feeling a bit silly in the changing rooms at half time…
— James Spanos (@_jamespanos_) June 18, 2016
Hendrick having a howler of a game so far.
— Dave (@DaithiHealy) June 18, 2016
And it’s left people rather intrigued to see what would happen with extra footballs in other Euro games too.
Football with 2 balls would be interesting…. #BELIRL
— Emma M (@Craven_Europe) June 18, 2016