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PostSubject: Tierry Henry Handball - FIFA World Cup 2010   Sat Nov 21, 2009 12:34 am

Ireland asks FIFA for France World Cup replay:




Angry Ireland called on FIFA to allow its World Cup playoff with France to be replayed, as a dispute over Thierry Henry's blatant
handball threatened to become a diplomatic row.

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen said he supported the Football Association of Ireland's request, and promised to raise the issue
with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at an EU summit.

Video replays showed Henry used his hand to stop the ball going out of play in extra-time of Wednesday's match, before he passed to William Gallas to head the goal for a 2-1 aggregate win which sent France to South Africa.

"The blatantly incorrect decision by the referee to award the goal has damaged the integrity of the sport," the FAI said in a
statement.

"We now call on FIFA, as the world governing body for our sport, to organise for this match to be replayed."

After talks with Cowen on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels, Sarkozy said: "I told Brian Cowen how sorry I was for" the people of Ireland.

"But don't ask me to substitute myself for the referee, or the French football authorities, or the European football authorities: leave me right where I am," he told reporters.

"You're going to start denouncing me as the hyper-president again," he said, in reference to his reputation as a leader who is drawn to the limelight and seeks to get involved in as many international issues as possible.

Cowen, for his part, said that talking about the match "wasn't the purpose of the meeting" between EU leaders.

However he said he believed after the chat with Sarkozy that "he would understand the sense of disappointment that the Irish
people feel after the tremendous performance last night."

"This matter's going to be resolved by the sports organisations with responsibility for football, not in Brussels or anywhere else," he said.

Asked whether he told Sarkozy the match should be played again, Cowen said: "No, I didn't ask for a replay."

Cowen also paid tribute to the French footballing public's outpouring of sympathy for the Irish-- turning on their own team.

He said they had been "making it clear in great numbers that there is a lot of disquiet about the manner of the goal."

FIFA confirmed it had received a letter of complaint from the FAI, but refused to say when any decision would be made.

Ireland's chances of forcing a replay appear slim.

The match in Paris was one of four playoffs on Wednesday which finalised the 32-nation line-up for South Africa.

The draw for next year's finals is due to be made in Cape Town on December 4, leaving little time in a calendar already crowded by club matches.Related article: Who's saying what



FAI chief executive John Delaney said his organisation had also written to the French Football Federation (FFF) asking for the
playoff to be replayed, and urged FIFA to take action.

"If FIFA believe in fairplay and integrity... this is their opportunity to step forward," a clearly agitated Delaney said.

"From the French FA's point of view, they need to look at themselves and look at this situation.

"Thierry Henry's their captain, he's a wonderful footballer, but does he want to be remembered like Maradona was in 1986, does he want his legacy to be this handball?" he asked, referring to Diego Maradona's infamous 'Hand of God' goal for Argentina against England at the 1986 World Cup.

France coach Raymond Domenech said he was stunned to see his team treated as guilty men in the aftermath of the handball scandal.

"I don't understand why we have been judged guilty. On the pitch, I didn't see the handball. Since then I have seen the video and it's a mistake by the referee," Domenech told www.lexpress.fr

"I don't understand why we are expected to say sorry.

"We are not going to commit hara-kiri because the referee made a mistake and this time in our favour."

Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni said he did not believe FIFA would grant a replay.



"It is impossible to repeat the game," the experienced Italian said.

He urged FIFA to explain how Swedish referee Martin Hansson, who failed to spot the incident, had been chosen for such a high-profile match, saying: "For this important game we needed a stronger referee, an important referee."

Henry himself admitted handling, but said the responsibility for seeing the incident fell to the match official.

Trapattoni refused to blame the player, saying: "It wasn't up to Henry to say 'I touched it with my hand'."

The Irish press were unanimous in their condemnation.

"We were robbed" said the Irish Star, "Le Cheat" added the Irish Mirror, while the Irish Sun splashed with the "Hand of the Frog".

A Facebook page entitled "We Irish hate Thierry Henry (the cheat)" also drew hundreds of comments, including a call for an
Irish boycott of French goods.




Thierry Henry says replay 'fairest solution':



France captain Thierry Henry said in a statement Friday that "the fairest solution" to the row surrounding his handball in the World Cup playoff against Ireland would be to replay the match.

"Of course the fairest solution would be to replay the game but it is not in my control," Henry said, in a statement sent to Sky
Sports News in Britain and other media.





Fergie backs video scheme after Henry handball row:



Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admits he would like to see video technology used to clear up controversial decisions -- but cannot see the sport's governing bodies adopting any new schemes in the near future.

The issue over whether football should embrace the technology available was re-ignited on Wednesday night when France's Thierry Henry used his hand to control the ball before crossing for William Gallas to score the goal that ended Ireland's chances of going to the World Cup.

There have been calls for the match to be replayed while others believe referees need to be able to rely on video evidence to
ensure they get such key decisions right.

It is a point Ferguson agrees with. But the Scot fears that all discussion on the issue is futile because world football's governing body, FIFA, are simply not interested in revolutionising the role of the referee.

He said: "The stance is that they prefer human decision-making rather than technology decision-making and until they change
their mind there is nothing you can do about it - you have to convince them, nobody else.

"It is not a matter of asking every player and manager in the world their opinion because they will all share the same one, as
I do myself, that technology can play a part and can help referees in a situation like the other night."

Gallas?s goal sent France to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with a 2-1 aggregate victory while Ireland have been left counting the cost of some extreme misfortune.

Ferguson added: "My thoughts were with (Ireland coach) Giovanni Trapattoni. He prepared a team that put in an absolutely
magnificent performance. You couldn't ask for better from a coach but it was taken away from him.

"It happens and it's denied a couple of our players the great experience of playing in the World Cup finals and you'll never get a better experience than that."




FIFA refuse Irish request for replay report:



FIFA have turned down a request from the Irish football authorities to stage a replay of their controversial World Cup playoff defeat to France, according to a report Friday.

France qualified for the 2010 World Cup by winning the two-leg tie 2-1 on aggregate on Wednesday, although there has been
outrage and claims of cheating after a Thierry Henry handball led to France's decisive equaliser.

The Irish Football Association (FAI) lodged a request with FIFA to have the match replayed however in a BBC report Friday world
football's ruling body said such a move would be against FIFA rules.

"There is no way the game can be replayed," said a FIFA source.

"To do so would cause absolute chaos for football. FIFA's rules are absolutely clear."

"Law 5 states that a referee's decision on points of fact is final. That is the end of it. You cannot replay the match on this basis."

Henry admitted he handled the ball just before crossing for William Gallas who headed home the equaliser that broke Irish hearts at the Stade de France.

However the French football authorities maintain that the referee, Swede Martin Hansson, and not Henry is to blame.


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