Discussion in 'Other Sports Forum' started by IcyPatriot, Nov 19, 2009.
YouTube - France v Ireland World Cup Qualifier 2009 - Thierry Henry Handball
One of the biggest names in the game, one of the strongest teams in the game...not going to get a call against them in that instance
There were 2 guys offside to boot, Is B Polian on the rules committee for FIFA or something?
Give Henry credit, he came out and admitted it was a handball, and stated he thinks they should replay the game. Imagine that? How many players would say that in a similar situation? Not many.
Thierry Henry: Replay the "fairest solution" for Ireland - FIFA World Cup 2010 - ESPN Soccernet
Not really France had a lead in goals and only needed a tie. The Irish won and should go.
It was a sickener - Ireland were playing really well for the first time in years, it really looked like an upset in Paris was on the cards and then you go out to something like this. It's gone a bit OTT here in Dublin now though - there's been a couple of protests held outside the French embassy, and the Taoiseach (the prime minister) brought the issue of a replay up with Sarkozy. I think FIFA and the French have the head down just waiting for it all to blow over.
I wouldn't give Henry any credit at all!! Of course he had to admit it was handball, he couldn't exactly deny it!
If you saw his first interview after the game, you will get a true image of what he thought about what happened. Smug and arrogant would sum it up.
It was only when he saw the reaction the next day of the French nation, and the international outcry, did he come out with those platitudes.
He also knows fine well that the game would never be replayed.
It was interesting to hear the Athletic Bilbao crowd boo him last night when he came on as a sub in the Barcelona game. It is a foretaste of what is to come for him, especially in the World Cup.
Cheating is endemic to soccer. From players using their hands to control the ball, to players feigning injury to stop the game, to players diving in the box for penalties. The game is now a huge turn off for those of us who still appreciate the way the game was played a few years ago.
Yesterday, I watched a great game of rugby between England and the All Blacks, where two teams fought one another for 80mins to win the match.
Give me that every week, or the NFL instead of the crap being dished up each week by overpaid, under-talented soccer players.
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