Posted by Barrie on Thursday, 19 November 2009

When will Ireland accept they are out of the World Cup?

Of course I have sympathy for Ireland being eliminated in controversial circumstances last night to France and the hand of... Thierry Henry. But their latest plea, to ask for a rematch is just ludicrous.

Did Liverpool get a replay for Sunderland's "beach ball" goal? No. Did they appeal? No. Did Chelsea get a rematch in last year's Champions League semi final after being denied penalty after penalty against Barcelona before being eliminated by a very late goal? No. Did they even ask for a rematch? I don't think so. They're a modern day football club; they know they're not going to get one. And more importantly, they know it's because these controversies are what make football so exciting and debatable.

Damien Duff missed a 1-on-1 in normal time, as did Robbie Keane as he tried to take it round the goalkeeper for extra style points instead of tucking it home, before Thierry Henry setup William Gallas for the equaliser in extra time that saw France through on a 2-1 aggregate score. France were poor, and I guess “cheating” was the only way they were qualifying for the World Cup after Ireland had wasted several chances to eliminate them earlier (this goes back to the first leg and Kevin Doyle's open goal miss). Not to mention they could have dealt with the ball instead of letting it bounce inside the 6 yard box, before Thierry Henry was able to setup William Gallas for the goal. Ireland had the perfect chance to eliminate a poorly prepared Raymond Domenech French side over two legs, but failed to take advantage of this. They were brave and spirited in France, especially having lost the home leg on Saturday 1-0. Unfortunately it wasn't to be.

I'm not sure why those who had a dig at FIFA for seeding the draw and giving France “an easier match” think FIFA will even consider a replay.

Thierry Henry could be in line for a suspension from FIFA, although both Eduardo and Chelsea, banned for diving and tapping up a player respectively have had bans overturned already this year, so I can see Henry getting away from a suspension for this. But despite all the quality and entertainment he has provided over the years, his image is now tarnished and will be branded a “cheat” forever by sum...

Don't be surprised if Robbie Keane gets a ban for his outburst about Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini. I can't blame him for it, especially if he's still angry at the draw, and obviously very passionate about hs country.

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At 20 November 2009 at 19:18 , Anonymous Dan said...

You were right,19528,11095_5706378,00.html
and Roy Keane has similar to say today,19528,12098_5706539,00.html

At 20 November 2009 at 20:53 , Blogger Barrie's View said...

Hi Dan,

Thanks for your comment. I have had this debate on Facebook and with colleagues for the past 2 days, and it was nice to finally hear an Irishman have similar to say :)


At 23 November 2009 at 18:49 , Anonymous Kevin said...

As far as I can figure, you're talking about something you really don't have a clue about, and that's because you probably didn't even see the game. I might be wrong.

Ireland had every right to request a replay and were very close to getting it. Only Domenech blocked it. Why? Because he just pocketed 900,000.

The Liverpool beachball scenario is pretty irrelevant.

It's different when you're playing a game amongst a league. Liverpool had time to rectify the slip up at Sunderland.
As for Chelsea, it's a very good point on your part and I'm quite surprised that Chelsea didn't make more of a fuss.
Saying that, a huge amount of fuss was made over the ref more than the final result, quite opposite in the Ireland game you'll see.

Ireland deserve to be in the World Cup in South Africa but France have cheated their way there.
Agreed we should've killed off the French that night but it wasn't meant to be, as it's been for the history of Irish football.

To finish up, I totally disagree with this article however the decision is final, albeit 83% of France wanted a replay including the players.

Anyway, you got a nice little 'blog going here but I'd advise you to move to, it's way better than Bloggers platform.



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