Thursday, November 19, 2009

Doing That Crazy Hand Jive

Irish lodge protest after cheat shuts them out:

Ireland appealed to France and soccer authorities Thursday to replay their World Cup playoff in Paris after an obvious handball by Henry produced the winning goal.

Ireland's government and opposition leaders united in demands for Wednesday's 1-1 draw in France to be replayed, and the country's soccer federation said it is considering a protest.

In extra time, Henry twice handled the ball to prevent it going out of play, then passed to William Gallas in the Irish box for the deciding goal.


The Football Association of Ireland said it was still mulling whether to protest. But Irish assistant manager Liam Brady and several players appealed to France's sense of honor.

Good luck with that.

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