Captain Thierry Henry cheats to push France into World Cup 2010
November 18, 2009
France is able to avoid not qualifying to participate in the World Cup, but they had to cheat to get there. ABC Grandstand Sport has details of the match. Now, I am not one to get all up in arms about soccer. I think that it is a great sport for little kids to get some exercise and play. I don’t particularly care about soccer, but I will be the first to proclaim their amazing physical condition and their undeniable athleticism. But, the sport does not sing out to me, unless it;s a championship match, or they are playing for the pride of the country. Being a U.S. citizen, from the inner-city makes this less important, but I root for the hometown Americans, even though worldwide, we are kinda trashy.
Giovanni Trapattoni’s visitors, beaten 1-0 in Dublin last Saturday in the first leg of their play-off, had taken a shock lead in the 32nd minute through Robbie Keane and the Irish were unlucky not to score more before forcing the match to extra-time.
In the first additional 15-minute spell France had an appeal for a penalty turned down after striker Nicolas Anelka tumbled to the turf under pressure in the eighth minute.
The French are floppers. Here is video from 2006.
Five minutes later France skipper Thierry Henry, who had moments earlier been denied a free kick after falling to the ground 25 yards out, won the match for the hosts when his angled pass amid a goalmouth scramble was met by the head of William Gallas.
This is another reason why I hate soccer, because too many people are diving around on the floor like they have been shot, when in reality, no one has touched them.
Henry’s pass, however, came after the ball came off his hand prompting a rash of immediate protests by the Irish players to the match referee, Martin Hansson.
Hansson waved away appeals allowing France to qualify and avoid a repeat of its humiliating failure, at the hands of Bulgaria, to qualify for the 1994 World Cup finals.
Ireland, especially captain Robbie Keane, had the lion’s share of the chances in regulation time, and it will be kicking itself having last qualified for the 2002 World Cup where it made it to the second round.
Ireland might have had other opportunities, but that was a crime….