Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
FIFA: No France-Ireland replay
by Paul Kennedy, November 21st, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[WORLD CUP 2010 QUALIFYING] Despite Thierry Henry's statement that the "fairest solution" to resolve the controversy over his handball that led to the goal that sent France into the World Cup finals at Ireland's expensee would be to replay to the game, FIFA rejected Ireland's request to replay the World Cup playoff.

"The result of the match cannot be changed and the match cannot be replayed," FIFA said in a statement. "As is clearly mentioned in the Laws of the Game, during matches, decisions are taken by the referee and these decisions are final."

Swedish referee Martin Hansson failed to call a handball on the play that led to William Gallas' overtime goal despite fervent appeals by Irish players. Television replays showed Henry touched the ball twice with his left hand before kicking the ball in the direction of Gallas' head.

"Of course, the fairest solution would be to replay the game but it is not in my control," Henry said in a statement issued to British media. "Naturally I feel embarrassed at the way that we won and feel extremely sorry for the Irish, who definitely deserve to be in South Africa. There is little more I can do apart from admit that the ball had contact with my hand leading up to our equalizing goal and I feel very sorry for the Irish."

The game's outcome has sparked outrage in Ireland and France.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. Abroad: Adu debuts in KuPS victory    
Freddy Adu played his first league game in 20 months, starting for Finnish club KuPS in ...
NWSL Weekend: Press out-duels Solo in Red Stars' win    
Christen Press scored two goals, including the stoppage-time golazo that was the winner, and added an ...
MLS Saturday: FC Dallas-Toronto FC, a game of two days    
Some games are a tale of two halves. FC Dallas-Toronto FC was a tale of two ...
NASL Weekend: Cosmos draw sellout for shutout win    
The New York Cosmos a drew their largest home crowd since returning to the NASL in ...
USL Friday: Switchbacks romp in snow storm    
An April snow storm socked the Rockies on Friday night, but it couldn't stop the Colorado ...
MLS Friday: Red Bulls set standard high    
The New York Red Bulls remained unbeaten with a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes ...
What They're Saying: Dominic Kinnear    
"Us passing to them didn't help." -- San Jose coach Dominic Kinnear on what made the ...
USA-Mexico watched by almost 4.5 million fans    
Wednesday's USA-Mexico game averaged almost 4.5 million viewers on Spanish-language networks UniMas and UDN and Fox ...
NWSL Weekend: Sky Blue FC aims to extend streak    
It's a big weekend for pro soccer in the New York metropolitan area. New York City ...
NASL Weekend: Cosmos greats return for Raul home debut    
The New York Cosmos open their third season at home on Saturday, and they'll have special ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives