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FIFA Declines Ireland’s Replay Request

November 24, 2009

FIFA declined the Football Association of Ireland’s request to replay France after losing 2-1 on aggregate in their World Cup playoff match last week.  France scored the winning goal after Thierry Henry prevented the ball from going out of play with his hand, controlled it and kicked it to teammate William Gallas, who then scored.  The win secured France a place at the World Cup in South Africa and eliminated Ireland from the competition.  The referee missed the incident, and in football there is no official video review to challenge referees’ calls, or in this case, a missed call.  Ireland’s elimination in this manner has caused a lot of uproar among football fans, and some in France wonder if Henry will always be remembered only for ‘that one handball.’

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. eubeyer permalink
    November 30, 2009 9:42 am

    In an update to this story, the Irish are now requesting that FIFA allows Ireland to advance to the World Cup in South Africa without replaying the game against France:

  2. eubeyer permalink
    December 2, 2009 9:47 am

    FIFA announced the 32 teams that will compete in next summer’s World Cup…and Ireland was not among them. However, England received a surprisingly good spot:

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