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Fulham - Crocodile Tears?

Watching the finale to the France against Ireland World Cup qualifier you couldn`t help but be touched by the heart rendering scenes at the end.

Our own Damien Duff looked distraught at the realisation that Ireland had been deprived of a place in the 2010 World Cup Finals by a blatant handball decision, an offence that was missed by all the officials involved as Thierry Henry manipulated, with his hand, the ball into the path of the on-rushing William Gallas who subsequently netted.

The protests, after the goal, were long and vociferous but the referee was not for turning.

Today the Irish are appealing, although not officially, for the game to be replayed, but with a Frenchman, Michel Platini, being high up on the FIFA ladder of respect we`d not lay great odds on that outcome ever coming to fruition.

Instead, some of those Irish players will have to, gradually, accept that their hopes of playing in a World Cup, possibly their only hope, has been destroyed by the inept officialdom that is now becoming almost the norm rather than the extraordinary in this game of ours.

Or perhaps, those of a cruel heart; might suggest there`d be none of this baloney if Ireland had taken a couple of the many chances they carved out.

It can be a cruel sport this game of ours!


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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 19 2009

Time: 4:46PM

Your Comments

more chance of Platini praising English footy than Ireland getting a replay!
Al Billy
like I said in the article - Ireland should have taken their chances!
Putney
one of those incidents that will forever haunt fair play in footy!
Fulham Badger
you have HAND it to the french but where was the luck of the Irish
truth sayer ffc
terrible moment in football...
woodysweats
 

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