Posts Tagged ‘Thierry Henry

23
Nov
09

At Least the Irish Have Perspective

Fresh after their heart-breaking, and illegitimate, loss to the French for World Cup qualifying, many Irish citizens are casting about for things to blame. Case in point, Henry brand vacuum cleaners.

Some custodians at an Irish government building told their supervisors that “they’re unhappy working with vacuum cleaners with the cheat’s name written on them.

“It’s bizarre because the machines have nothing whatsoever to do with Thierry Henry. Some have painted over the name on the cleaner and wiped the smile off its little red face. It just shows how the frustration caused by that goal has got to everyone in Ireland.”

[The Sun]

19
Nov
09

French Refuse to Surrender (For Once)

On Wednesday the French national soccer team squared off against the Irish squad in a final World Cup qualifier, at the end of the game the French had taken a highly controversial victory. It all stems from French star striker Thierry Henry’s two accidental hand-balls which enabled him to corral the ball (despite also being offsides) and pass it to William Gallas who scored the winning goal for the French side.

The refs made no calls to disallow the goal despite Henri’s admission that he did touch the ball. “I will be honest, it was a handball,” Henry said,  But I’m not the ref. I played it. The ref allowed it.”

The victory meant the French would be going to the World Cup in South Africa, and the Irish would be staying home. Obviously the Irish are LIVID and are asking FIFA, soccer’s international ruling body to allow the match to be replayed. FIFA’s initial response is not to replay the game. If FIFA allows the game to stand, Henry’s handball may live in soccer infamy, much like Diego Maradon’s famous “Hand of God” handball that beat the English in the 1986 World Cup.

Soccer season baby!

[Sky]




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