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'CHEAT' CLAIM MEANS HE IS COLIN IT AS HE SEES IT.

Byline: PAUL O'HEHIR

COLIN O'BRIEN is still fuming that Festy Ebosele was 'cheated' out of facing Belgium tonight.

The Derby County wideman (inset) and Wolves' forward Conor Carty are suspended for the final group game.

Ebosele was harshly sent off on a second yellow card in Monday's drawn game with Czech Republic.

Czech defender Jan Hellebrand went down like a ton of bricks when the Ireland ace brushed him off. And after the game in Waterford, livid O'Brien (above) claimed the Boys in Green had been 'cheated'.

Yesterday, the Ireland U17 boss was still livid and said: "We're still bitterly disappointed with what happened. This tournament is meant to be about the development of young players, so surely that means enabling them to play as many games as possible.

"If that's the case then why should a young suffer because of an opponent cheating anofficial being misled? players and b "Our player and our team suffers because of an injustice and we have to stand up and fight against this. Part of that should be stamping out cheating."

Goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu and midfielder Joe Hodge sat out yesterday's training session as a precaution but are expected to feature tonight.

O'Brien added: "This game against Belgium presents a massive opportunity for our players to secure a place in the quarter-finals."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 9, 2019
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