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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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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 20 2009

Time: 5:46PM

Your Comments

Ohhhh, how very pathetic
Tom14
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
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.
Zae
Are you serious? the stupidest article ever!
Paulsito
and you conveniently forget how ROONEY dived to get a pen against Arsenal when you ended their long run without a defeat!
merlin
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.
nikolaijns
nikolaijns
nikolaijns
I could carry on all night making you look stupid. ;)
nikolaijns
nikolaijns
But I won't...... I'll just leave you with this, byesy bye :)
nikolaijns
nikolaijns and merlin, did you just not read him agree and say every players a cheat, he never denied Rooney's dive our any of the pics niko showed (except the Ronaldo handball which was hardly cheating, as it acutually benefitted the other team, we all know he would've buried that) and did he say we never say sorry way to late? No, he never said we were perfect, just you narrowminded idiots jumping to conclusions yet again. Nikolaijns, will you sort out your name that is way to long and not even spelt as you would expect it and thanks for spamming our article with crap once again you've proved yourself an annoying *********
One United 92
Hahaha. Nik's pics are almost as funny as this article.
gunnerkid107
hahahahahah niko
HuddersfieldYiddo
france utterly pathetic. and holier-than-though platini conspicious by his silence! how the mighty fall! but hey, a cheater article on a united forum... now that should have the pots and kettles working up some ruckus! clang, clang clang...
johnny come lately
ha ha ha niko, a picture paints a thousand words. so that's like 3000 + an entire thesis worth on the last one ha ha ha, made my season!
johnny come lately
"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" Aw, it's no fun when we (mostly) agree....
fifthcolumnblue
Cheating ****!!! His first handball may have been instinctive but the second???? What a *****er! Fifa didn't want Ireland there in teh first place,changed the open draw to a seeded draw when they realised france portugal etc wouldn't qualify automatically! Platini and Blatter should ******** resign immediatly! Tell me the ref or linesman didn't see it??? I'll bet any money that **** Hanson the swede ref gets appointed a world cup quater final or semi final game for his efforts! ******** ****s!
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