This is rapidly becoming one of the biggest sports stories in years. Where to start?
In the last few minutes Thierry Henry has said, “Of course the fairest solution would be to replay the game but
it is not in my control”. Not everyone, including his President, agrees.
And this, lest we forget, this man is a man so near the pinnacle of world sport that he takes a place in Gillette’s sporting shave trinity along with Woods and Federer.
Yet, at the climax of the play-off he handled the ball twice, created a goal, and then decided against telling the referee. And he’s captain of France, one the finest football teams of the past ten years.
Columnist Richard Williams has condemned Henry.
Former Ireland and Man Utd star Roy Keane tells his compatriots to get over it.
These are the key questions…
– Should the game be played again?
– Should Henry have admitted the handball?
– Should all sports follow golf and snooker, and create a moral pressure that demands a sportsman or woman confesses when a law has been broken?
– Should technology be used to disallow goals which break the rules?
– Do you feel FIFA is trying to brush this under the carpet as it wants the big teams to make it to South Africa?
– If you’re French are you ashamed of how your team has qualified?
– If your team had qualified in this manner would you have been bothered?
That should be more than an hour to keep us occupied.