FIFA & UEFA gloss over Henry handball incident
2009-11-19 - Added by
Despite the fact that you can't turn on a TV, computer or radio without its mention, both the FIFA and UEFA websites consider Thierry Henry's blatant handball(s) on Wednesday night small fry.
Henry's juggling act set up former Arsenal team-mate William Gallas' 104th minute equaliser for Les Bleus in the Stade de France, sending Raymond Domenech's men to next year's World Cup at the Republic of Ireland's expense.
And regardless of the fact that France's aggregate victory will forever be remembered for the most conspicuous handball since Maradona in '86, reports of the incident are nowhere to be seen on the two organisations' websites.
FIFA's overview of last night's four European qualifiers makes no mention of the controversy in either of the 'Story of the Game' or 'Key Moment' subsections in its report of the France v Ireland clash.
Meanwhile, UEFA, whose president, curiously enough, just happens to be French legend and possibly the most biased man in football, Michel Platini, goes one better, and fails to acknowledge the volleyball moment in its entire match report!
"After 180 hard-fought minutes, the fate of both teams was decided by a moment of drama in extra time. The outcome remained in the balance until the very last second, and when the final whistle was blown the disappointed Irish could hold their heads up high," reads FIFA.com's 'Key Moment'.
While UEFA.com vaguely describes the moments leading up to Gallas' equaliser as follows:
"And so came extra time where in the eighth minute a hopeful France
free-kick found its way to Henry, who squared for Gallas to head the
goal that takes his country to South Africa."
So not only have the poor Irish fans been cheated out of their place in the World Cup, they have also been denied the decency of having their case for the injustice of the result acknowledged by the stubborn and blinkered governing bodies.
One thing's for sure...Terry Wogan, Bob Geldof, The Nolans, Seamus Heaney, James Joyce, Louis Walsh, Bertie Ahern, Sinead O'Conner, Bono...your boys took one hell of a cheating! Your boys took one hell of a cheating!