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Henry's Hand Brings France To South Africa
ACMilan21 (AC Milan) 4 years ago
After being down to Ireland in Paris, the only thing they could do is win it on penalties or before.
No big opportunities on Shea Given's goal during most of the game until one specific episode.
The ball was going out of bounds, and just before, Thierry Henry, the French Captain, takes it with his hands, and plays it straight to Gallas for a goal. The goal is very controversial, and I expected more from the captain of a nation, but I guess not.
I think the goal should have been disallowed and the game repalyed as of extra time.
What do you think?
Should FIFA do anything?
LeftHeadKick (Arsenal) 4 years ago
The game needs to be replayed. The stakes are too high and FIFA looks ridiculous letting something like this happen
Salt (Aston Villa) 4 years ago
FIFA didn't need this incident to look ridiculous! They are one of the most corrupt governing bodies in sport and have been for a very long time
LeftHeadKick (Arsenal) 4 years ago
I know.... I guess I'm punching the air
Fromtheisland (Toronto) 4 years ago
True enough, think about how much more money France will generate and does generate for Fifa and world cup. Its sad, but in the end money is the driving force for most people. You can't replay a game, that is silly. France prob would have won in a shootout anyways. As ridiculous as the goal was, it would be far more ridiculous to have another game. It would diminish the credibility of fifa and referees if you believe they have any at all.... I f you wanna be in the World Cup, you have to be consisent. If at the end of they day you are criticising a referee for your loss, than you truely do not deserve it. You wannna be in the world cup, then win every game and do not let any1 impede you. Nobody is guarenteed fairness
Lyndon (Panathinaikos Athens) 4 years ago
Life isn't fair, but corruption should be apposed. Not encouraged by no comment or.... That's just the way it is attitudes. May sound socialist, but we the people can bring in new legislation so it has less a chance of happening again, they need the extra ref like in Europa, why would they be so silly, cheap cheeks
AABHISHEK (Manchester United) 4 years ago
Game can't be play again but should be done is rules that are made in past should be recheck and players should have right for askin replay like in tennis so that errors can be corrected
But I think its not goin to happen 'cause of corruption of high level.... ...
Mohdovais (Barcelona) 4 years ago
I am as big an Henry fan as they come and I think that the fact that he admitted it so quickly even during the game to the ref and to his opponent immediately after puts him in a different class than Maradona who to this day will not confirm that he played the ball with his hand.

Also, in real time, not super-slow-mo that we can all see ad nauseum, the ball short-hops up to his hand I. E ball played hand not hand played ball.

I don’t know how that play could have been intentional at the speed it happened - have to say what was incredible at full speed was Henry’s ability to play the unexpected deflection directly into Gallas’s path and around the post and Given in a split second.

I think Henry’s play is like a WR making a touchdown grab for a SuperBowl win that was a very close trap and without replay the referee does not see it and rules touchdown. Is there any fan out there who would expect the player to go to the ref and ask him to waive it off? Is there any fan out there who would expect a player of Henry’s talent and in that situation to not make the best of this deflection and make a play out of it?

The French were lucky, the Irish were not. Sometimes better to be lucky than good. And always better to be both.


Franboy (Barcelona) 4 years ago
Yes, there was a hand of Henry. But 10 minutes earlier, there are technical foul on Nicolas anleka.
If the referee had whistled the fault of hand. Of France was eliminated despite a penalty!
There was always disappointed. That's football
Any players would score the hand to go to the World Cup. We must be honest, henry does not say "cancel the goal I hit the ball with his hand"
And fifa will do nothing because the game is over.
Maradona, messi scored the hand...
Wastoid (Manchester United) 4 years ago
Anelka obviously dived on the "penalty " in question...
Rockerr (Liverpool) 4 years ago
Its not good to defend him like this.
He has played for around 15 years and he is more like a legend. He is the role model for many new players so he should not invole in such kind of dirty things at any cost.

Franboy (Barcelona) 4 years ago
Yes but it is hit. Anelka did not dive, but given lightly Anelka.
Pour la même action de jeu, lloris a été expulsé lors du match serbie - france. La france a joué à 10 pendant 80 minutes.
Exactement la meme action (carte rouge + penalty).

Franboy (Barcelona) 4 years ago
Wake up, it's a qualification for the World Cup. If Robbie Keane had the chance to qualify Ireland for the World Cup, it would even with his hands.
Henry recognizes that there hand, he said: "Yes, there hand, but I am not the referee, " said the captain of the Blues. Toto (Squillaci) goes to fight head, I'm behind two Irish, the ball bounces and slap my hand. "
What do you do it? It will stop the game and tell the referee my goal is not valid.... No player would do that in this kind of game
Ant (Liverpool) 4 years ago
Not every player would consider stretching their arm out to handle the ball twice. It's not part of everyones game. Henry will be forever tarnished a cheat in many countries now, even if he's a hero in France tonight
Franboy (Barcelona) 4 years ago
The match between France and Ireland was very media (many people watching).
Many people are mean to henry. Many people wanted that France lost. Yes there is lack of hand, yes henry cheated. But do the same with every player that simulates the penalty? Do the same with players who simulates an injury to buy time? Do the same with players who simulate a punch to expel his opponent? Do the same with players who are anti-game?
Why nobody talks about the penalty on Nicolas Anelka! All the world held the hand of henry but if the referee had whistled the given fault (red card) the France would win honestly. France too was stolen yesterday.
Henry is a human being who led his team to the World Cup, is not he who will. Many players received a yellow card for misconduct hand. He took that risk and it worked. We must blame the referee, but the regulation has not henry because it is easy to judge, but I think any player would make the sacrifice to go to the World Cup.
Messi to score in hand with barcelona (nobody speaks, nobody blame, it will probably be the gold ball and yet he was cheated too....)
I am sad for Ireland because he does not deserve the disposal but do not take revenge on France and Thierry Henry
Lukas (Chelsea) 4 years ago
Anelka put his foot in SO given would touch him and Henry is no more than a disgrace the same thing has happened before and unlike henry robbie keane plays fair
LeftHeadKick (Arsenal) 4 years ago
It's pretty simple and it's the reason they have referees in every sport:


If you're not cheating, you're not trying. I think it's a terrible way to get in to the world cup, but if you had a chance to get into the world cup would you really admit defeat and tell the ref you cheated? I put it that way because no one can blame him for using his hand, there isn't a professional player out there that doesn't try to get away with whatever they can. Ireland got robbed and I think the game should be replayed, but it's not Thierry's fault. There is plenty of replay technology out there. It only took a few seconds to see what happened
Lukas (Chelsea) 4 years ago
I wound rather lose than cheat
Ltm017 4 years ago
I agree with you Franboy and leftheadkick! This is ridiculous cheating is wrong hand ball is wrong but I don't get people with all the name calling and act like its the only thing that ever went wrong. Give me a break most people try to get away with what they can. Things happen sometimes in the spur of the moment and you just do it and regret it later.... Things happen, People act like they have never done anything and regretted later on.

He did it he was wrong and he is sorry. It happened! People have done it before and got away with it. Stop putting it on one person. Give me a break. WOW I would have rather he not do it and lost but it happened and people need to realise that its the game and yes it most def needs to change to stop it from happening but it has happened before so don't take it out on one person.

Its like the situation that happened with N'gog a couple of weeks ago. Everyone took out something that he did and took it so bad but he was not the first yet they called him names and made it seem like he did the worst thing ever.... No it always happen and just because it was obvious no difference.

I absolutely hate cheating and my point here is.... Don't act like Henry is the only one that has ever done it. I honestly wish France would have lost than this. But it happened before him and other things happened that involve cheating and he was not the first and will not be the last.... Unless they do instant reply or extra refs.... Something!
Franboy (Barcelona) 4 years ago
Finally, people who do not judge henry and which does not accuse France. Henry and France can do nothing. How do you, in a match of this importance, will tell the referee: my goal is to be canceled. Yes henry cheated, yes France won with luck. But the fault is in the fifa. Why not have arbitration video? 5 why not referees?
Johnbull (Millwall) 4 years ago
Why this and why that.... What a load of french merde.... You cheated and that's that.... Nothing to do with 'luck'.... You know you cheated, I know you cheated, everyone knows you cheated, the whole world know you cheated, hang your head low and keep it there til the Finals are over.... .... .... Lower ! ! ! ! ! !
Bloodbrothers (Barcelona) 4 years ago
I really think that Henry isn't a cheater but in that move I think that his instinct show
Franboy (Barcelona) 4 years ago
Henry cheated lol the France has not cheated. Henry has only touched his hand! Team France, the country and I have not touched the ball with his hand. Why everyone thinks the France?
I remind you that at 0-1 Ireland was not qualified yet! ! !
We won 0-1 in ireland and we lost 0-1 nothing serious
Johnbull (Millwall) 4 years ago
If Team France were men enough (and we all know they aren't), they would have done the right thing, and admitted that they are in the wrong, we can all use our hands and take the pi55 out of our fellow competitors, but we don't, and do you know why we don't, it's because we are decent sporting people, unlike some I could mention.... How you can carry on in this competition under these circumstances bewilders me.... The whole world-wide football community will be watching, knowing that your team is there by cheating, and don't tell me that only Henry cheated because the whole of France saw what happened and by not standing up like men and admitting to your guilt you are ALL looked upon the same.... And you can cover what I'm saying with as much garlic sauce as you want to make it taste a little sweeter for yourself but we all know that the whole thing stinks and I don't just mean the garlick...
Ltm017 4 years ago
Johnbull.... Are you perfect? Is anyone perfect? Have you never done anything wrong in your life? Have you ever done everything right? Morally right or otherwise? ....

Then nothing can be said....
Johnbull (Millwall) 4 years ago
Nobody's perfect my friend but I would always be man enough to do the right thing.... Wouldn't you? ?
Ltm017 4 years ago
Always? I don't believe that. People do all the things and regret them. Things and don't mean them. Things that they do purpose and then regret later. People make mistakes....

Its different if a man keep making the same mistakes keep doing the same thing over and over.

Wow.
Franboy (Barcelona) 4 years ago
Above all, with a score of 0 - 1. Ireland was not qualified. They've never been in those two games. Nothing says that Ireland would have won the penalty?
There are many people who judge and his hypocritical. I play football (amateur) and people cheat, but we play for fun. Human nature is doing well. People cheat, steal and that is why police and referees exist. Everyone henry criticism, he tried to cheat and he has succeeded (it's bad, I'm not proud) but many people would do. It is easy to judge after but believe me, in action he would have been difficult (for anyone) to stop the game and cancel the goal. Those who say otherwise are hypocrites.

Oddly no one talks about messi, aguero, maradona, raul (4 of the biggest players)

Bloodbrothers (Barcelona) 4 years ago
Well franboy those except maradona handballs don't means anything in front of the handball of henry  
Franboy (Barcelona) 4 years ago
A fault is a fault? Big or small?  If you touch the ball with your hand, there is fault
Ltm017 4 years ago
Hahaha.... The worst part about it all is that Henry didn't even score the goal. Handball is a handball they are all bad. People need to stop being hypocritical about it. A cheat is still a cheat big or small. If Henry is called all the names he is called them everyone else that has done it should be called the same....

Franboy (Barcelona) 4 years ago
Ok I agree with you. You feigning injury to win 1 minutes. You're a cheat. All players have already cheated lol
Rockerr (Liverpool) 4 years ago
I agree franboy, that a cheat is a cheat, But here we are not talking whether everyone is cheating or not but whether Henry has cheated in that goal or not!And ofcourse he did.
Yes many of the hand goals didn't make big issue and that is because of the situation in which it is scored. If that cheat gonna' make a big difference like Henry's than obviously everyone will talk about it and same is happening here.
Do you think maradona is not blamed for his goal? I don't think so.... Even now the goal is called as 'hand of God' which itself a great shame for him!
Franboy (Barcelona) 4 years ago
Everyone knows that Henry has cheated. Is evident. I say this to show that all players cheat. Should not blame henry
Lukas (Chelsea) 4 years ago
Look at the video, Henry and 17 are offside, 17 controlled with his hand aswell as Henry!
Bloodbrothers (Barcelona) 4 years ago
I knew that henry like basketball but no this much
Mauijim (Manchester United) 4 years ago
He cheated. Plain and simple
Johnbull (Millwall) 4 years ago
Ireland were robbed, all you honest frenchies out there, and barca and even arse fans that still idolise henry should hang their heads low, that was an absolute disgrace, HOW embarrassing
Franboy (Barcelona) 4 years ago
Everybody admired maradona and messi. Is the game and the referee is to report the faults. It is not for players to arbitrate



Rockerr (Liverpool) 4 years ago
Even if a legend cheats, one cannot say it is right. A cheat is cheat, That's it.
It's not only referee's fault its the players too.
Every player should play respecting the spirit of the game. Moreover Referee maynot be able to note such skillful cheats
Franboy (Barcelona) 4 years ago
Do you think an Irishman would be terminated and he would do cancel the goal for Ireland? NO
Rockerr (Liverpool) 4 years ago
An irish man will cancel a goal or not in such a situation is a question here? That didn't happen.
The thing is henry's attitude to use his hands is right or wrong. If a legend cheats like this so will be the youngsters following him. It will bring a bad name to football.
Eradicating cheating from a game is not only in the hands of Fifa but also with the players.
If they are passionate towards the game they won't cheat even if they get a chance!
Franboy (Barcelona) 4 years ago
Messi, maradona, insaghi, gilardino there are many cheaters.... It is the referees report misconduct
Ant (Liverpool) 4 years ago
You have to blame the cheaters. Every man who is a real man should not lower himself to the level of a cheat. Have some honour
Franboy (Barcelona) 4 years ago
They are professionals, they are trained to win.
The best center forward are more malicious (the instinct of scorers) (Henry, insaghi, Gilardino, Drogba....) Yes they cheated, but during the game action, everything happens so fast. They can not stop playing.
Imagine football if every player stops playing when the referee is wrong! Imagine only two minutes at what form the games. In every game, there are mistakes and people do not say anything.
The ball is not released completely, the defender did not touch the attacker, shirt pulling, simulation of an injury to gain time.... Henry's fault is because there are obvious goal and after that the match is important. But a cheater is a cheater regardless of the fact. Watch the games this weekend and you will only see the cheats
Tony (footytube staff) 4 years ago
First of all, good luck to france in the finals, but in saying that I felt ireland were absolutely robbed.
A blatant handball to keep the ball from going over the goal line, and gallas could, nt even celebrate when he poked the ball over the line.
If ever I seen a guilty man, it was henry at the end of the game, no smiles, no celebration, sat with the irish players, and fair play to the irish lads, because I would have told him were to go.
But I think at the end of the game, henry has realized he has marred a sparkling career, and will be looked upon differently from now on, its a pity, but he cheated.
Bad luck ireland.

Ps had they used the europa league format with the extra officials, I'm sure henrys goal would never have stood, maybe its something to think about in the future
Wastoid (Manchester United) 4 years ago
Well said. I agree that Henry, despite his stellar career, is probably going to be widely remembered for this incident
Franboy (Barcelona) 4 years ago
This is good analysis, henry is not proud. But he plays for his country, he can not stop the game and say "cancel the goal. Henry knows what he did, but Henry is a striker and not an arbitrator. He plays in funding for his country, he was very tired.
The question of arbitration or video introduction of 5 new referees is essential
Lukas (Chelsea) 4 years ago
Shut up franboy ya dope he said it was an accident
BigShel (Philadelphia Union) 4 years ago
I love Terry Henry as a player but this handball was no accident what do you expect him to say. Henry is not the first or the last player to "cheat" to get an advantage it happens in every single game bar none, diving, touging shirts, faking injury to infulence the referee. How many times have you seen a player get hit in the chest yet grab his face as if he was injured later taken off on a stretcher only to return to the pitch with no aparent injury. Henry intentionally handled the ball no doubt, but to make this all about him is to miss the the real problem FIFA must adapt to the times. There is not as much honor in football as in the past. Players are more concerned with being labled as winners than winning fairly. As Franboy and Tony have stated it is time for 5 officials ala the Europa league format and replay (while the game continues as not to interrupt the flow of the game) if a play is overturned by the replay official he can call to the referee over his head set to explain his ruling you could then either stop the game for thirty seconds (like american football) while the referee explains the ruling and thirty seconds be added to injury time or it could be announced over the PA system while play continues. Whatever FIFA decides the ball is in their court and something must be done before South Africa! We are witnessing a cheapening of the game we all love so dearly. I think it is time for technology to rule over tradition
Franboy (Barcelona) 4 years ago
Lukas remains polite, we are here to advise. If you do not like, do not read my posts. You are 12 years old, grew up a bit before speaking
Ltm017 4 years ago
Bigshel thank you! I still don't get the hypocrisy going on in this thread! It was horrible display no one is denying that.... But to act like he was the only one just because it was obvious.... Just because it was WC qualifiers?

I have seen players hands in air ball touches hand.... Hello what are hands doing in the air like that.... No complain. Just like Bigshel said.... All kinds of display of cheating. I'm not justifying what he is doing but my point as I keep saying is people cheat all the time.... Some obvious some not. Some in small matches some in big ones.... It doesn't even matter. It shouldn't be taken out on one person because it has happened numerous times before and I'm sure it will happen again unless something is done...
BigShel (Philadelphia Union) 4 years ago
Ltm017, FIFA has got to do something about the state of football right now! @Franboy I don't think Lukas has a problem with you. I am not Irish but in no way does that diminish the fact that the team he loves was cheated not by Henry but by FIFA. They need to stop this nonsense. I saw a video recently on footytube called "The infected "that reminds me of this mess. We love the game, we love our countries, we love our favorite clubs and our favorite players, we are infected by this game but the game itself is also infected by favoritism, cheating, match fixing, racism, player tampering and the list goes on sometimes we laugh at these things and saw they are part of the game and then we turn around and complain when it is exposed on such a large stage, Football cannot be sanitized like some other major sports and we do not want to loose the passion on the field. I really hope FIFA can get rid of the things we hate about the game without tainting the things we love. If Theiry Henry is a cheat and a discrace we have all helped to make him this way by accepting the things we all know are wrong and letting them pass without a thought. I feel bad for Lukas today but I feel eeven worse for the game.
Ltm017 4 years ago
Wow.... One of the best statements made in here! I completely agree with you. That's all I've been saying. They do need to do something about it. All of the cheating, lying, bad sportsmanship has always happened and people overlook and laugh. Or because its not as big as WC they don't push it to much as now. I mean people get upset but not like this. How do people honestly sit and blame it on Henry? On France?

I hate these things. I hate the diving the cheating its ridiculous but I'm not going to sit here and have a heart attack over Henry or France (even though I support about it) If Ireland and France had went to penalty it should have been a deserved win from either side.... Not this mess. It really saddens me.

Even the Irish commentors stated.... They were robbed but these things have happen.... So everyone in here needs to stop the blaming because it happened before and he wasn't the first....

It sad what the game has come to. It hurts me to see France like this. It hurts me even more because if I was an Irish supporter or even a footballer it would kill me to see this happen and it shouldn't have happened. It was beyond wrong. But the point is Fifa should have done something about this before because it has happened and players have done things before.

So if I rob a small store in my town people are upset
But If I rob a International Company then I'm a disgrace and a cheat....

Big scale/ small scale and being obvious and not obvious is what is being played by most....
Ktorum (Manchester United) 4 years ago
Much like Zidane`s headbutt into Materazzis chest will Henry be remember for a long time cheating Frances way to the world cup finals in South Africa!
Blueskiesahead (Chelsea) 4 years ago
Ireland clearly robbed, and I don't believe that france deserves to win, but that is football. And lets face it there was still going to be another half hour of play at which time anything could have happened or the game could have gone into penalty's where anything could have happened. Point is, anything can happen in football at any given moment. Ireland still had alot of work to do to get to the world cup but france is going now whether they deserve to or not
Bloodbrothers (Barcelona) 4 years ago
Anyway if france continue to play like this they will be embarrased in wc, lets hope not
Ant (Liverpool) 4 years ago
Disgusting.




Platini and Blatter wanted France through no matter what. They refused goal line technology. They seeded the playoffs so that France would get an 'easier' game, even though they said they wouldn't. Then the linesmen and referee can't see a handball that a seventy year old man (Trappatoni) can see from the halfway line? Fraud, plain and simple. They should be ashamed.

A very, very hollow victory for France and a dispicable way to win an undeserved place in the World cup
Franboy (Barcelona) 4 years ago
I do not agree. France has never had a chance during the qualification phase. France has been scammed in Serbia and the Ukraine cons....
If the referee had whistled the penalty from Anelka and if he had not awarded a goal to Gallas. Nobody would say anything. Why nobody talks about the penalty on anleka! ! !
Ant (Liverpool) 4 years ago
It was a dive. Another attempt at a skillful cheat but it wasn't a penalty
ACMilan21 (AC Milan) 4 years ago
I totally agree Ant.... Really disgraceful.... You'd expect a captain to actually be honest about something like that.... Clearly the ref was on France's side
Franboy (Barcelona) 4 years ago
"shea given" key Anelka. Penalty, no discussion.
Do you remember the match Serbia-France: same action penalty. Red card for Lloris and 1-0 for serbia. Sometimes it's against France...
Lukas (Chelsea) 4 years ago
Not a penalthy players are beginning to get smart with diving. Anyone who thinks france are rightly through is a dope
Ltm017 4 years ago
Listen my thing is people complain but this has happened before.... Bad calls being made them not being made. It was wrong no question. Words can't explain....
I don't think he intentionally did it and it was a spur of the moment thing

Sad win for France and an even sadder lost for the Irish.

Where is all the outrage when these things happen before this? Why all the names? This thing where people act like it should be blamed on one person is ridiculous. It never right never and I think they should do something to keep it from happening again.

Ant (Liverpool) 4 years ago
I agree that it was a spur of the moment thing but it was plain cheating. He actually managed to handle the ball twice with his arm outstretched. It will inspire kids all over the world to think that if they can get away with cheating and handling the ball, then they should do it
Rockerr (Liverpool) 4 years ago
That's very right ant.... He is like a legend and this will make the kids who are having him as idle will try out all these things
Rockerr (Liverpool) 4 years ago
Also Remember the pain that Ireland will be having right now. After this much of hard work it will be hard for them to know they are out of world cup.
They had everything yo be in the world cip except cheating that cost them the world cup spot
ACMilan21 (AC Milan) 4 years ago
Also Squalacci used his hand.... So it's three hand balls that the ref missed in like 2 seconds...
Franboy (Barcelona) 4 years ago
I agree with you, the video would be the solution in this case
Ant (Liverpool) 4 years ago
France striker Thierry Henry admitted that he had intentionally handled the ball to set up William Gallas’s decisive goal against the Republic of Ireland in Wednesday night's World Cup play-off in Paris.


Link: www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/international/r...

“I will be honest, it was a handball. But I’m not the ref. I played it, the ref allowed it. That’s a question you should ask him.”

Henry may have been shamed into making his confession by Ireland’s manager, Giovanni Trapattoni who had earlier stopped short of accusing the player of cheating, but added that Henry should be given the chance to admit his offence.

Trapattoni said: “All European people saw the situation. I am sure that, if the referee had asked Henry, he would have admitted to the handball. “I would prefer to go out on penalties than this. I am sad because the referee had the time to ask the linesman and Henry
ACMilan21 (AC Milan) 4 years ago
The Italy Netherlands game on Satudray finished 0-0.
However Pazzini scored with his hand, and the whole Dutch team went to complain to the ref and he eventually disallowed the goal.
Exact same happened yesterday, and even after the whole team complaining, the ref still gave the goal, so he was clearly biased.... I am so disappointed, and I hope FIFA like take France out of the World Cup or something...
Rockerr (Liverpool) 4 years ago
That's right. I think the linesman had a clear view of both off-side and the hand ball but he do anything. Looks like FIFA is favoring France.
Also in FIFA's website, in the match review they didn't even give any hint about the handball!
Charlie (Barcelona) 4 years ago
Video replay
CHELSEA61 (Chelsea) 4 years ago
That's what she said! FIFA are out of touch. Technology has entered almost every major sport and athletes across the board have said it makes the game more objective. To add to that not one major sport has added an instant replay option and then removed it
Ciankc (Manchester United) 4 years ago
So stupid!! Dumb biased ref plus stupid handball by henry and half the team were offside!

I'm sooo mad. Ireland should have gotten through. I wish they could play a rematch, but since they can't henry should be banned and fined
Donnchadh (Liverpool) 4 years ago
At least you could tell Henry felt terrible about it, still doesn't change the fact that he handled the ball, in my mind, on purpose. I would be outraged if I lived in Ireland, but what can you do. Henry shouldn't be "ashamed" of himself like people our saying, it was in the heat of the moment, what was he going to do, pull the referee aside and say, look I handled the ball. I don't think so, Maybe in a perfect world, but then he would have probably been mugged by Frenchmen or something. It is just a difficult situation, but if France don't start playing better they will find themselves out of the world cup. Remember that Ribery was still injured though, Franck can make a huge difference in their play.

As for Ireland, my heart goes out to you, a deflected goal in the first leg, and a blatant infraction for a goal in the second. I don't know, it seems as if some higher ups in the football world didn't want you to get through *cough* Michael Platini *cough* and you have every right to be infuriated
Donnchadh (Liverpool) 4 years ago
I just saw it again, I take back what I said, Henry should be ashamed if not disgraced of himself. One of the worst things I have ever seen, not only did he handle it, he used his fingers to push it onto his foot why Henry why? So shameful, so shameful. There is no question if it was on purpose, it was blatant, obvious maybe even premeditated, I am just so sad and angry I don't really know what to say. Except for I am sorry Ireland you deserved it more than them and you are not going. How did the refs miss it, how?
Rockerr (Liverpool) 4 years ago
It's a shame....
Earlier He used to cheat only by diving now he playing hand ball too.
He has mastered all forms of cheating. I think he can be labeled as the 'cheater of the decade'
Donnchadh (Liverpool) 4 years ago
Henry doesn't deserve that, he is a world class person and player, he just made a mistake, granted it was a big one. But we don't need to start labeling anyone
Ant (Liverpool) 4 years ago
A mistake? It didn't accidentally bounce off his arm. The ball was going out for a goal kick, the Irish defender even left it to go out. Henry leaned across and slapped the ball twice. Once to slow it down, once to drop it onto his foot. It was very skilful cheating, yes, but it was still cheating and deep down every French fan should be ashamed of the way they have 'earned' their place in the World cup.

However a win is a win. FIFA will not be looking into this. No replay will be played. French UEFA president Platini got his way, finally, by hook or by crook.

* Seeding the playoffs against his own word.
* Refusing goal line technology even though the game desperately needs it.
* France get the second leg of the play off at home, a huge advantage.

I've no doubt that if Ireland had scored that exact same goal at the other end the assistant ref would have flagged instantly for the original offsides, but if not then at least for either of the two handballs
Rockerr (Liverpool) 4 years ago
Do you say it an accident? Can't believe it.  It was very clear that he intentionally controlled the ball with his hand!
Rockerr (Liverpool) 4 years ago
Do you say it an accident? Can't believe it.  It was very clear that he intentionally controlled the ball with his hand!
Donnchadh (Liverpool) 4 years ago
Yes it's all rubbish Ant and you are right. Did he really handle it twice? I only saw it once and it was pretty bad quality. I agree that Platini definitely had a lot to do with all of that and it's atrocious Ireland didn't have a fair shot at the World Cup. This being said no one should go out hunting for Henry's head. I am sure he probably feels terrible about it, I know morally I would be torn apart right now if I was him. Maybe I am giving him too much credit though, maybe he really doesn't care and I am just too optimistic. It's a hard one to understand I guess, how was this allowed to happen? I mean if the handball was that blatant, were the referees bought out or something, I mean they are the best referees in the world, how could they have missed it? Especially if Ireland's coach saw it from the sideline. Hum, sad sad happenings. It seems as if world football has taken a turn for the worse. f**k, god damn it Henry, why?! Why did you do it?
Donnchadh (Liverpool) 4 years ago
No it definitely wasn't an accident, a three year old could tell you that. I am just saying he made a mistake to cheat like that and use his hand. It's all f****d now
Donnchadh (Liverpool) 4 years ago
After watching it again, I really don't know what to think except something must be done. I mean Ireland deserve it so much more than them, they played them off the pitch. But of course nothing will be done, this was all meant to happen, the big teams were supposed to get through and the little teams had no chance. So unjust, what can be done? Someone has to do something right? I mean look at all the facts, they purposefully seeded the small teams against the big ones by doing the rankings right before the draw and now this happens. What has football come to? Should a team with as much talent as France really have to cheat? Why don't they just fire there coach, at least that would be somewhat morally righteous(hopefully people caught the sarcasm). Oh f**k, it's all screwed now isn't it, why Henry? I vote for the match to be replayed, but the powers that be won't stand for that will they. I mean I am sure Platini wants to see France advance but like this, I wonder what Zidane thinks? f**k
ManUK (Manchester United) 4 years ago
I think for a Moment he went insane. I've actually done that before during a match the ball was coming and for some reason I just strecth out my hand to get too it, embarrassed after words I gave the ball to my mates.

But I didn't think something like that would come from Henry. It was just disgusting so blatant, they probably should have replay
CHELSEA61 (Chelsea) 4 years ago
The fact that Henry chose to run up the field and celebrate shows us how far players will go to get to the World Cup. 20 years ago a player that did that would walk over to the ref and explain what happened. If a player with the status of Henry will cheat then honor is truly dead among the stars of football
ACMilan21 (AC Milan) 4 years ago
He's also the captain, so he should have had the guts to tell the ref. Stupid cheat. He should not be alive right now
Fromtheisland (Toronto) 4 years ago
His country and team would disown him. Your loyal to your team first, before anything else. You think Henry woke up that morning and said to himself, "hey, I think I am gonna' cheat today and pass the ball to foot with my hand in the 110 minute? "

Hellls No, it happened spur of the moment, that's life. Cest la vie. Unlucky for the Irish, maybe next world cup they won't leave their qualifying to a playoff
Ant (Liverpool) 4 years ago
Ireland were in a qualifying group with Italy, current world champions, and still went through the entire qualifying process undefeated. I think I see your point, that if you're in a playoff or blaming a ref then you don't deserve to be in the World cup. What then would you say to France, also in a playoff, and who are only in the world cup because they got a very favorable referee decision?

No team should go out because of a blatant offside/double handball
Fromtheisland (Toronto) 4 years ago
Agreed, No team should go out due to those circumstances, but i've been there and experienced what both feel like. Obviously know where on the same level, but it happens and that's why you have to kill the game asap. It seems maybe France got the benefit of the doubt because of their talent and prestigious history, but like others have said Ireland had their chances



   
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