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Cheater Henry Holds His Hands Up Way Too Late

Cheater Henry Holds His Hands Up Way Too Late

Thierry Henry believes the fairest solution would be to replay the France v Ireland World Cup qualifier playoff game, which was decided in France's favor by a William Gallas goal after Henry handled in the penalty area.

'The fairest solution would be to replay the game but it is not in my control.'

You know, this is subtle and even more despicable. Henry has a reputation about being 'honest' and 'fair' which of course is rubbish but a very clever image trick by the Frenchman. He is keen to preserve this reputation, therefore he's suggesting a replay - after FIFA confirmed that it would not be possible as the referee's ruling is final and irreversible.

So, Henry speaks about fair play now that there are no consequences. He could have proved his honesty and fairness very easily: all he should have done was to hold up his hands and admit they touched the ball, right on the spot. Then the referee might not have awarded the goal. Who knows?

He said it had been an instinctive reaction that he had handled the ball. It might even be true but he knew he had handled (and it can be called deliberate as instinctive is not accidental) so it's cheating, no matter how you look at it. But OK, he took advantage of the referee's error and celebrated World Cup qualification which was very important for him and his teammates. That is something that anyone can understand.

But talking about a 'fair solution' now, when he knows the result will stand anyway? That is tasteless and detestable. He should have kept his mouth shut instead of tarnishing his reputation even more. The fairest solution, I repeat, would have been to inform the referee right on the spot. But it had not occurred to Henry that time: he had been busy celebrating.

(By the way, our very own John O'Shea picked up an injury in the game after missing a glorious chance to put Ireland two up. Not the best night for the big man...)

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Date:Friday November 20 2009
Time: 5:46PM


Ohhhh, how very pathetic
20/11/2009 18:09:00
I really don't think it's fair that Henry's the target for something every player is guilty for and that's cheating. Everyone would've done the same in his position, I truely don't believe anyone would've perhaps lost their country a place in one of the most prestigous tournaments in the world and possibly crushed their nation's dreams. Henry cheated but it's Fifa's fault Ireland got cheated if they were not so arrogant and allowed camera replay problems like this would'nt happen. In a way this might've been one of the best things that ever happened to football, as finally we might get fair play and have technology brought into the game.
One United 92
20/11/2009 18:11:00
No, Henry should not be the sole target for cheating because yes, every player is guilty of that. But he cheated so he should shut up, that's all. Talking about a replay and about "fair solution" now... By the way, the ref should never have needed video replay for this one, it was clear, obvious handball. Could not be mistaken for anything I reckon.
20/11/2009 18:23:00
Are you serious? the stupidest article ever!
20/11/2009 19:21:00
and you conveniently forget how ROONEY dived to get a pen against Arsenal when you ended their long run without a defeat!
20/11/2009 20:29:00
I think given the fact Utd was home for years to the oiliest most cheatsiest little fartsmurf the world has ever witnessed. Henry isn't the only one holding his hands up way too late here Zae.
20/11/2009 21:03:00
20/11/2009 21:27:00
20/11/2009 21:29:00
I could carry on all night making you look stupid. ;)
20/11/2009 21:31:00
20/11/2009 21:37:00
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