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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ireland demand to play the match again

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The match is over and Ireland is out of the World Cup, but apparently, this has just begun. The Football Association of Ireland sent an official statement to FIFA on Thursday demanding to replay the playoff against France.

As we know, France qualified for the World Cup after their 1-1 tie with the Irish team yesterday, but the French goal was scored thanks to a previous hand by Thierry Henry. The referee declared the goal as valid, unleashing the fury of millions of Irish fans.

We can understand the feelings of the Irish board in their statement: “The blatantly incorrect decision by the referee to award the goal has damaged the integrity of the sport and we now call on FIFA, as the world governing body for our sport, to organise for this game to be replayed.”

Irish Federetion head John Delaney also said that he had also written to the French Association regarding the controversial match and was not calling for a replay simply out of principle.

“For me, it's totally unfair so we have to do it. It is up to the people who govern football now, if they really believe in the principals of fair play then step forward,” Delaney said. Everytime I go to congress it is all about fair play and fair play ambassadors… but well done is better than well said. They’re words, I’d like to see actions” Delaney expressed.

Irish players also said what they think about it. Robbie Keane blasted against Platini and Blatter: "They're all probably clapping hands, Platini sitting up there on the phone to Sepp Blatter, probably texting each other, delighted with the result."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Irish should be allowed have a replay, and if France win thats fine, but the Irish truly deserved the chance to get to penalties last night, the fact that France had to cheat to win just shows that they are not the team they once were! And Henry should seriously consider his position as captain of the team, if not his international career.....

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thierry you will go down in history as nothing but a cheat!! i have no respect for people like you, it's sad you feel you have to cheat to win.

3:08 PM  
Blogger gary said...

"I never normally have a go at referees or linesmen, but it is so blatant, it's disgusting. He handballed it twice - he stopped it and then pulled it back in. It's remarkable.

"We feel cheated by both Henry and the officials. It's disgusting. We were the better team and we are going home with nothing. In a few weeks, Uefa and Michel Platini will be happy up in the stands or wherever they will be. Shay given

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can only hope some good can come from the TH hand ball, such as video evidence being brought in for such important decisions.

What's done is done,it's not TH's fault that the officials did not see the hand ball,TH did,without doubt, handle the ball in a deliberate manner and should have seen red but it's up to the officials to see incidents like this and take the appropriate action.
Yes TH is a cheat but what player in the game cannot be accused of cheating at some time or another.
The current system is clearly inadequate as this type of incident is far too common.
By the time it takes the ref to run over to a linesman,another official could have watched a video replay and told the ref yes blatant intentional hand ball,if the extra official is not sure then he simple says so and the ref is left to make his own decision,it's not rocket science.

4:48 AM  
Blogger zag said...

Well...I'm a Frenchman...and 90 % of my compatriots think that France does not deserve to be qualified. We are ashamed and tell this to all our authorities.

4:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Thierry, As a UEFA Lic Soccer coach who works with kids, I would like to extend my empathy with you as an opportunist who reacted in the heat of the moment.
However your position as an ambassodor or role model, even hero to kids worldwide has been greatly diminished. The grassroots game that has given you so much from your youth to your super stardom status has now become nothing to you. Like all people consumed by ego and stardom status you have become completely removed from the reality of what football means to the majority of players on this planet. Your choice to allow this act of unsportsmanship stand without personally asking for the fairness of a replay, has destroyed the innocence and fun that this games holds in the eyes of many children.
You are a footballer, a very good one at that. But you are not an Ambassodor for our sport. Nor are you a creditable person for any role of influence in our society.

6:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Manifestement vous ne comprenez pas le sens d'être capitaine de l'équipe de France. En tant que tel, vous représentez la France et ses valeurs. Vous aviez loisir d'indiquer à l'arbitre votre faute sur l'instant et défendre ainsi des valeurs comme honnêteté, courage, fairplay. D'autres l'ont fait mais il semble que ces valeurs vous soient totalement étrangère.
Souffrez que je ne souhaite pas que votre comportement minable soit associé aux valeurs de la France.
La France ne méritait pas de gagner ainsi mais surtout l'Irlande ne méritait pas de perdre de cette manière.
Si vous avez un tant soit peu d'amour propre, faites en sorte que ce match soit rejoué ou ne reportez jamais les couleurs de la France et encore moins son capitanat.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Johnny Onion said...

To be honest about it, we are pissed off at being out of the world cup again more that anything else. Im not comfortable with this being turned into a Irish VS French type of thing as the media are attempting. Henry is not some hero or statesman, he is just a soccer player. If people lend him more credibility/importance than that, then they are at fault. If you bring your kids up to idolise soccer players then you are negligent. FIFA are the villains here. Best of luck to the French with their competition.
Mick Dundalk

2:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a french man and I think that this bad buzz around Thierry Henri is not justified. The referee did a lot of errors during this match. Do not forget the penalty that should have been decided against Ireland and that could have changed drasticaly the result of the match.
I could understand the deception of Ireland but football is like that and Thierry Henri only did his job (at this level it is a job and not a simple game for children).

3:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Le Cheat - enough said...

9:56 AM  
Blogger steve said...

Not the Hand of God....
More like the Hand of frog.....
What a total cheat.....

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your are a gentleman Thierry. You don't deserve these critics. There is no video, and it is not your fault

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Henry, Blatter,Platini & that paid blind bat from Sweden won this Game for France AT ALL COSTS

I hear that Hanson prick is still in the running to ref games in S.A. (Jesus wept) must be Blatters & Platinis way of repayment???

2:07 PM  
Blogger zag said...

I believe that Thierry must resign from his participation to the French Team. Immediatly.
Je crois que Thierry doit démissionner de l'équipe de France.
Tout de suite.

1:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go TITI...

6:11 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

Unfortunately, very often the high quoted teams get by with many unfair stuff. Remember how Ballack scored with Turkey (I believe) clearly pushing the defender, so he could score. Why, in controversial situations rather than ok an unfair situation, is not TV used to clarify it. It will only take few seconds.

8:13 AM  

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