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French president Sarkozy apologizes to Ireland
AFP, November 20th, 2009 1PM

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The controversy over the handball that sent France through to the World Cup finals at Ireland's expense reached the highest diplomatc levels Thursday when French president Nicolas Sarkozy apologized to Ireland. Sarkozy talked with Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen at an EU summit in Brussels. "I told Brian Cowen how sorry I was for them," he said. "But don't ask me to substitute myself for the referee, or the French football authorities, or the European football authorities: leave me right where I am."

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