Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Thierry Henry Escapes Ban

Thierry Henry will not be punished By FIFA for the Handball that helped france win over Ireland in a World Cup Playoff Match.

Thiery handballed the ball twice leading up to the decisive Extra Time Goal scored by William Gallas.This decision bye FIFA means Henry will be able to play for France with no bans for this summers World Cup.

"Handling the ball cannot be regarded as a serious infringement as stipulated in the Fifa disciplinary code"said a Fifa statement. "There is no other legal text that would allow the committee to impose sanctions for any incidents missed by match officials."

Henry's handball caused an international furore, with the Republic claiming they had been "cheated" out of a place in the World Cup.

The Goal scored in extra time mean that the game was a drew at 1-1. With france going through on aggregate.

Later on FIFA rejected a request from Ireland for a rematch

Sean St Ledger said "Im shocked but not suprised realy.Obviously I don't want to see players getting banned but at the same time it promotes, if you can get away with it, then do it." "I saw it [the handball] again today and I still believe the second time he intentionally handballed it. Across the board we are all hurt from it."

The Republic were angered before the match by FIFA's decision to seed the play-offs, which allowed big sides like Portugal and France to avoid each other.

"I think it's appalling that Fifa said they've got no legal foundation but they still have the power to change the rules and introduce the seedings," St Ledger added. "If they've got the power to change that rule I don't understand why they haven't got the power to change the rule here. So, confusing but not surprising.

Henry later apologized for the incedent and admited that it nearly made him quit International football.

Also Fifa met at Cape Town to consider goal-line technology and extra referees at the World Cup. However, the sport's governing body decided against using additional referees in South Africa and have instead opted to set up an inquiry into the benefits of video technology and extra officials.

Perhaps the most controversial qualification. Having finished a point behind Serbia in Group Seven the French. were paired with Republic of Ireland in the play-offs. A 1-0 win in Ireland was followed by a game of huge talking points in France, with the Irish going in front through Robbie Keane and taking the tie to extra-time. France won it, but with a goal from William Gallas that came from a blatant handball from Thierry Henry.

Belows a Video of Henry's Handball

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