Discuss all International football at senior and youth levels
The hand of God as prevailed again. This time though it's not from a cheating Argentinian but a cheating Frenchman. France has qualified for the world cup by the hand of Henry. Should the game be played again which won't happen of course because the guy who would decide that is French... Michel Plattini.
It could work the other way - Platini may feel his position will be compromised if he's accused of bias towards his home nation. But there's no precedent that I'm aware of for the game being replayed. And to me it's just one of those things, the ref can't give fouls just because the defending side have seen something he couldn't. It's hardly up there with Maradona's handball - the defender made a mistake in leaving the ball, and I'd be surprised if Henry could think quickly enough to plan to use his arm to stop it. I suspect most refs would still have given a freekick for it, but it is at their discretion what constitutes a handball, so Henry did what any other player would do and played on. You take those things if you win, complain if you lose.
Is that the first time he handballs it or the second? The second one with his fingers looks very deliberate to hook it back towards him.Rover the Top wrote:I'd be surprised if Henry could think quickly enough to plan to use his arm to stop it.
Just how many frames per second do you have to see it at to spot this hooking back? The whole thing happened too quickly for me to be 100% certain he meant it. That's all I'm saying. In an ideal world, all players would make the ref's job easy by owning up if they felt they'd committed a foul. But that doesn't happen, I'm sure all the Irish players would have kept quiet too if they'd got away with a similar incident. Richard Dunne was moaning at Ewood a few weeks ago because he was penalised for blocking a shot by waving his arms above his head - so I think it's safe to say he wouldn't own up if the ref didn't blow the whistle when he handballed.
You can't be 100% certain that any touch of a football is intended. However, it appears so in the standard slow motion replay as you see his hand move to the ball, not the other way around. These things do indeed happen though, that's football.Rover the Top wrote:Just how many frames per second do you have to see it at to spot this hooking back? The whole thing happened too quickly for me to be 100% certain he meant it. That's all I'm saying.
Bad luck on the Irish to go out of the world cup like that. England have suffered in similar circumstances. I think the French themselves have had bad luck in the world cup in the 90's. So maybe you win some you lose some. Why don't the Germans have bad luck !!!
He used that to hide his blatant handballs. Well, they weren't blatant because you couldn't see for his hair. But you know what I mean.Rover the Top wrote:Some of them do, did you never see Rudi Voller's hair?