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Henry Cheats To Beat City And Ireland's Number One

Hopelessly unable to get past Shay Given and a determined Irish defence by conventional methods, the increasingly snidey Thierry Henry resorted to foul means in Paris last night...

After a pisspoor and thoroughly Eire controlled France drew level in extra time during last night's seismic World Cup 2010 qualifier, it was a great shame to see Irish stalwarts such as Damian Duff, Richard Dunne, Robbie Keane and Shay Given battling for the final moments in the last chance saloon of striving to make it to that tournament before their careers close.

To a man, the Irish were outstanding. Written off with little or no chance across football once FIFA conspired to seed play off sides following France's inclusion in the draw, they ran a team of poorly led, preening prima donna superstar's to the wire and beat them over 90 minutes in their lavish stadium.

France's clear lack of team spirit, cohesion or indeed, honour under the dreadful Raymond Domenech needs little introduction.

There has been a tremendous backlash against Henry and Domenech across France. Shameful, repulsive and scandalous are just some of the words being used across the French media such is the contempt for the way the French celebrities have qualified.

It really was that bad. If Henry hadn't used his hand, he could never have got the ball to the hopeless Gallas.

As legendary French commentator Thierry Roland said this lunchtime. 'I am ashamed.' He also joined his fellow pundits in praising the astounding Irish support while at the same time castigating the French players for having no bond with their own dreary librarian going followers.

Back to matters Sky Blue and it was notable that in amongst my pre match and after match discussions with my Irish comrades that not once did anybody have a bad word for Manchester City. Encouragement to break the boring English top four monopoly abounded.

Dunney was immense, Blues. I felt very real guilt seeing him fight for anything that moved knowing he's been offloaded to Aston Villa. He really was here, there and everyfeckingwhere.

Seamus meanwhile, was hardly tested but his very presence serves to reassure any side he stands behind. Absolutely crestfallen when the final whistle blew, he sat in his goalmouth in total disbelief.

Now though, he returns to Carrington and must pick himself up for City's six pointer at Liverpool inside 48 hours.

He's a professional of the highest calibre but even he will have difficulty coming to terms with the fact that too many conspiratorial question marks cast a dark shadow over this sport at the very highest level.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 19 2009

Time: 1:03PM

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Please, Mark Hughes, do not sign this snake in the grass.......
Johnny Baguette
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19/11/2009 13:20:00

Email sent to FIFA this morning, explaining my contempt for them as an organization.
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19/11/2009 14:39:00

And what a thoroughly spectacular piece of cheating it was! Wonder how any Irish arsenal supporters are feeling this morning?
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19/11/2009 14:44:00

Goody two shoes has been found out Blues. It's been coming.
Johnny Baguette
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19/11/2009 16:23:00

the referee had a good game and got every decision right until that one, he was unsighted and Henry CHEATED but the irish lads can hold their heads high and know it's they who are the real winners last night while the disgrace that is French football is in the gutter, full of cheats, and scum... Henry was a good player but now he is the same as Maradona, and the drugs cheat Ben Johnson..... sad but true...
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19/11/2009 16:24:00

Ban him from the World Cup or at least the first 3 matches for bringing the game into disrepute which should be enough to see France eliminated at the group stage. At his age he will have missed his final chance after cheating to get them there.
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19/11/2009 16:34:00

Believ me, that French team are absolutely brutal. They won't get past teh group stages unless Platini sorts out the best possible draw for them as usual with Blatter.
Johnny Baguette
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19/11/2009 17:34:00

And while I'm at it, the most telling and damning event last night in reaction to what took place was firstly, Shay coming over to us almost in apology, the rest of the team came over with Trap and after Shay's gloves and shirt, they systematically threw all their shirts into the crowd. ********* to swapping shirts with the celebrity non stars.
Johnny Baguette
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19/11/2009 18:26:00

lets have any gunners on here trying to defend this clown today,wolfie whats the fifa email add,cant find it online.
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19/11/2009 18:51:00

Wotcha, irish. Did you know that FIFA and the FFF made no reference to Henry's involvement in the goal at any stage of their detailed match coverages. Football's New World Order?
Johnny Baguette
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19/11/2009 19:00:00

i certainly did and heres me thinking that fifa were for the good of the game when they didnt even see it.
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19/11/2009 19:34:00

See the Irish are asking for a replay and i don't blame them - but they will have no luck with Blatter in charge.
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20/11/2009 05:09:00

You have to feel for Eire it's a sickening way to go out, but you also have to wipe the froth from your mouths and consider the following fact. Robbie Keane was twice penalised for deliberate handball in the game. Is it only intent to cheat when you are not caught? I suppose that makes Robbie Keane as bad as a drug cheat too?
Little Dutch
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20/11/2009 08:49:00

Arsenal supporter, right?
Johnny Baguette
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20/11/2009 10:38:00

I've just seen on Sky Sports News that FIFA have said that the match won't be replayed. Not much of a surprise there then, particularly seeing as they haven't even admitted that the incident took place on their own website.
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20/11/2009 10:56:00

I am an Arsenal supporter, though I have made public slights on Henry's character in the past on this site (though not around him cheating- the incident surprised me I must say). But my point still stands, Henry cheated and Ireland can feel aggrieved- as I would. But the facts are that Keane also tried to gain an advantage with a deliberate handball- on two occasions. The difference is he was caught. I also don't recall muc opprobrium when Damien Duff blatantly dived for a penalty in the 2002 World Cup. The trouble is with these sorts of incidents is that there's so much hypocrisy floating around- the authorities need to get hold of it. I like the solution that the referee, in this situation- challenges the alleged cheater and asks him whether it was a handball. If he says no, the goal is given, but the situation is reviewed retrospectively and if found guilty of lying, the individual is banned for eight matches. If he says yes it was a handball, free kick to Eire and no further admonishment for the person who cheated. Fans of course don't help just like players don't by being so one eyed about these things.
Little Dutch
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20/11/2009 11:10:00

Plus, the game must not be replayed. It would open an enormous can of worms and make a mockery of the sport. If you replay this, you have to replay every game where there is a didgy decision. You'd never get past the first day of the season!
Little Dutch
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20/11/2009 11:12:00

are you also one of the arsenal fans who seem to think adebayor is some sort of international criminal for doing a slide?
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20/11/2009 11:15:00

Not really, it was stupid and ill advised, but as far as I know you can't legally punish someone for being a knobhead. My beef with Adebayor pre dates that incident. Not sure how that relates to this incident though?
Little Dutch
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20/11/2009 11:50:00

Cynical cheating by a player past his best. Henry is a disgrace. Knobheads do not require punishment. Their existence is enough
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21/11/2009 01:23:00


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