FIFA rule out replay between France and Ireland over Thierry Henry handball controversy

FIFA rule out replay between France and Ireland over Thierry Henry handball controversy

1 SOCCER REPUBLIC SNAPFIFA have ruled that the World Cup play off between the Republic of Ireland and

France cannot be replayed.

The Irish FA and Republic manager Giovanni Trapattoni yesterday made an impassioned plea to FIFA and the French Federation after Thierry Henry’s blatant double handball led to the extra time goal that knocked Ireland out in such controversy.

The Irish players, still visibly shocked, claimed they were victims of a conspiracy to ensure Europe’s leading nations made the final.

But a statement on FIFA’s website read: has

today replied to the request made by the Football Association

of Ireland (FAI) to replay the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa

play off match held on November 18 2009 between France and the Republic

of Ireland in Paris.

‘In the reply, FIFA

states that the result of the match cannot be changed and the match

cannot be replayed. As is clearly mentioned in the Laws of the Game,

during matches, decisions are taken by the referee and these decisions

are final.’

2 SOCCER REPUBLIC2 SOCCER REPUBLIC LEADFIFA’s response will now be considered by the FAI’s board of management, which

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