I have never been a big fan of Henry, he is an outstanding player and no one can doubt that, but his actions in the world cup qualifier against Ireland are just despicable, disgusting and very unsportsmanlike. His “hand of god” allowed him to cross the ball into the middle of the box and letting his team mate Gallas score. To the amazement of the crowd and EVERY Irish player including keeper Shay Given who had full view of what went down, the referee didn’t question for a second that there was any foul play. All of this controversy has lead Henry to think twice about his international career. I agree with him 100%, he has ruined some of the Irish players dreams and made himself look like an idiot all at the same time.
Henry showing his skills pushing the ball down onto his foot with his hand
Henry allowing himself an easy inside pass to his team mate
French score the equaliser to the shock of the Irish, sending them through to the WC and knocking the Irish out
Shay Givens (and the rest of the Irish team’s) protests are ignored by Martin Hansson.
I feel so sorry for the Irish, they did everything right only to be cheated out of a place in the World Cup final rounds. Thierry Henry should know better then that and after he publicly apologised to the world about what he did, I think he really should think twice about playing another international game. This leads me to the next point, maybe this will make FIFA think twice about using technology to help referee’s out, if that was shown in a replay, all that would have been needed would have been one instant replay and you would have visibly seen the hand ball and the Irish would have gotten a penalty and possibly changed the outcome of the game! The French should have allowed a replayed game if they all knew it was so blatant. Shame on those cheating French bastards.