FOOTBALL: Celts boss says Hugh made a big mistake.
CELTIC Celt·ic also Kelt·ic
A subfamily of the Indo-European language family comprising the Insular and the Continental branches.
Of or relating to the Celtic people and languages. manager Martin O'Neill For the politician, see .
Martin Hugh Michael O'Neill, OBE, (born March 1 1952 in Kilrea, Northern Ireland) is a former Northern Ireland national football team captain who has previously managed Wycombe Wanderers, Norwich City, Leicester City and Celtic and is currently last night claimed Hugh Dallas Hugh Dallas MBE (born October 26, 1957 in Allanton, near Shotts) is a former Scottish football referee.
Dallas retired at the end of the 2004-05 Scottish football season. boobed after his controversial spot-kick award handed Italy victory over Turkey.
The Scottish referee was pelted by bottles and coins from Turkish fans after the decision during the opening Group B game in Arnhem.
The shaken ref was even offered police protection afterwards by UEFA UEFA Union of European Football Associations
UEFA n abbr (= Union of European Football Associations) → U.E.F.A. chiefs who feared for his safety.
The attack was witnessed by a worldwide TV audience and must have brought brought back memories of the Old Firm shame game at Parkhead.
Back in May 1999, Dallas required several stitches after he was struck on the forehead by a coin thrown from the Celtic end of the stadium.
Yesterday, the 41-year-old miraculously escaped unhurt as missiles rained down on him from Turkish fans, who arrived in the Low Countries with a reputation for trouble.
However, Parkhead boss O'Neill, commentating on the tournament for the BBC BBC
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O'Neill said: "Dallas was adamant it was a penalty but I think if he saw it again he would change his mind."
Dallas pointed to the spot midway through the second half, with the score 1-1, when he decided Turkey defender Ogun pushed Filippo Inzaghi “Inzaghi” redirects here. For other uses, see Inzaghi (disambiguation).
Filippo "Pippo" Inzaghi, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI, (IPA: [fiˈlippo in'dzaːgi inside the area.
The striker converted the spot-kick himself to give Italy a 2-1 victory but he admitted it was a soft decision.
Inzaghi said: "This penalty was a lucky one. It was debatable but we reacted well."