Thierry the thief, Thierry le voleur

The look on Shay Given’s face, when he grabbed on to the Swedish referee and told him it was a handball but just got shrugged off. It was heartbreaking. And in the same way, the loss was heartbreaking. The boys were devastated after putting through such a sterling performance tonight. France pulled through an advantageous goal because there was a thief amongst the lot.

Meet Thierry Henry.

La main de Thierry (via @bruno_tran)

La main de Thierry (via @bruno_tran)

It doesn’t matter what the tv commentators are saying, that “such a thing unfortunately happens” or all the other consolation gobbledygook about the match. We were robbed. In a way, yes, it is unfortunate, but such a thing shouldn’t have happened! Could the referee not take a moment to consider the situation, perhaps confer with the linesman, when there were so many other players protesting over it?

2 offsides and 2 handballs.

How can that be justified? How?

Now, a selection of some of the comments published on Twitter so far:

  • Thierry Henry, I’m really happy for you and imma let you finish, but Diego Maradona had the best handball of ALL TIME! (via @darraghdoyle @Shiminay)
  • New French flag – Jesus people work fast! – Imagine what 2mo is going to be like! (via @lexia @JulieDil @davanac)
  • If I even SEE a croissant tomorrow… (via @shanehegarty)
  • wow, just the two handballs from thierry henry in that goal. maradona only needed one. (via @heg @curlydena)
  • Thierry “The Thief of St Denis” Henry. Copyright George Hamilton. (via @tigercooke)
  • FFS!!! Thierry the thief. Beyond angry and disappointed. And seriously, referee – go to Specsavers and get new glasses!!! (via @DUBMetblogs)

I’m a bit too cross to rant right now. If I continue, I may also say something that I’ll deeply regret tomorrow morning. And I can’t watch the replays anymore either. It’s too painful and the wound is too fresh. The boys have done well and we’re proud of them.

Besides, I need to get off here now and lodge a complaint to FIFA. You can do that too, by following this linky to FIFA comment page.

8 Comments so far

  1. el (unregistered) on November 19th, 2009 @ 12:16 am

    Henri is an absolute disgrace!!…felt sick when I saw him consoling…hugging Irish lads!…should be ashamed of himself!

  2. Mo (dub_mohan) on November 19th, 2009 @ 12:35 am

    it was very disappointing, FIFA needs to get its act together and use some tech for such awful decision making. The commentators (n also on twitter) people keep mentioning “oh this happen in every game” – if so, why no-one is taking the issue seriously. In lot of games (F1, olympic medals being taking away after months, tennis – there is 8 yrs or something like that timeline etc. etc.) – decisions are corrected afterwards. 2 offsides and 2 handballs – i just can’t bring myself to believe that they can get away with such – in high stakes game like this. Which also brings me to believe – think its all about money – FIFA can’t afford to leave France out of world cup – with all the sponsorship n stuff. SHAME on FIFA.

  3. Mick (unregistered) on November 19th, 2009 @ 12:58 am

    Hi Lil, yep, robbery, and well done for putting up the FIFA contact page. Wrote myself after the match:


    Will you be considering referee video decisions following the event in Paris tonight which damaged the credibility of the sport?

    The impression given recently is that money is taking priority over sporting spirit, and in the long term this is an unhealthy threat to the integrity of the game.”

    Maybe if they get enough messages they’ll at least acknowledge the injustice tonight.

    All the best,


  4. Steph (unregistered) on November 19th, 2009 @ 1:41 am


    I am from France, I am sad from Ireland, your guys played great and did not deserve that. What goes around comes around though. Sorry man.

  5. Mo (dub_mohan) on November 19th, 2009 @ 2:44 am

    thanks for the comment Steph,

    i am more worried about games in World Cup, its not just about ireland or france or brazil or germany .. no-one wants their team to lose in such fashion, i just hope FIFA learns from this n improves the games decision making process

  6. Susie (unregistered) on November 19th, 2009 @ 4:04 am

    As a Portuguese football fan who has seen her team eliminated from international competitions by France (due to dubious calls in their favor)I feel the pain of Irish football fans.

    That was a real disgrace!

  7. Lil (lilianl) on November 24th, 2009 @ 6:40 am

    el, I admit, that was really grating to watch, especially at that very point in time. Quite a hypocrisy really.

    Mo, oh the storm is brewing with bigger football scandal now, with hundreds of match fixing scandal coming up!

    Mick, good message to FIFA, and they’re now calling for a meeting (although I suspect it more to pacify the people and trying to manage the PR on football given a new football match fixing scandal than addressing this issue – but that’s my personal opinion). Thanks for the support!

    Steph, thanks for your comment. Like Mo, the concern is for the games, and we’re also heartened by the show of support that we’ve got from the French so far.

    Susie, I guess that’s the ugly side of a game. It’s sad when the ugly side rears its head up more than the glorious side.

  8. travelalone (unregistered) on November 26th, 2009 @ 6:29 am

    It is a real pathetic scene on the part of FIFA. It should really think about some damage control measures and see that such a thing doesn’t happen in future. Such a brilliant performance by the Irish Boys and all gone for nothing. Shame on Henri too!!!

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