La honte   10 comments

Yesterday, France met Ireland for a crucial game to determine who would take part in the FIFA soccer world cup in South Africa, next summer. Last week, in the first leg, France had beaten Ireland 1-0 in Dublin. Yesterday, the French only needed a tie in Paris to be qualified. After regulation the score was 1-0 Ireland, and the game went to overtime. Then, Thierry Henry, the French captain, blatantly used his left hand to control the ball just before he made a pass to Gallas, who scored. The referee somehow missed it, and the goal was allowed. The game eventually ended in a 1-1 tie, and France got his ticket to the world cup.

I just want to say I’m really ashamed today. Yes, I was rooting for France, but winning like this is not winning. Henry should be ashamed of himself. This is pathetic.

I think it’s understandable that he controlled the ball that way and made the pass. It happens so fast, it’s a matter of reflexes, and when the ball hits your hand so close to the goal line, you just can’t stop playing right away But then, after the goal was scored, he ran around celebrating wildly, as the Irish were storming the referee to signal him what just happened. Of course, after the game, Henry admitted he touched the ball with his hand. I’m sorry but that’s too late.

I’m happy that the French will be in South Africa for the World Cup. But I’m ashamed of the way it happened.

(On a sidenote, bravo to Algeria. They beat Egypt and will take part in the World Cup for the first time since 1986. There is a strong Algerian community around where I live, and it was pretty crazy yesterday night. Congrats!)

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Posted November 19, 2009 by Grrrreg in Uncategorized

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  1. It’s kind of like stupid Brett Hull’s stupid skate in the stupid crease. I’m definitely not still bitter or anything, though.

    But hopefully this will encourage them to play harder in the World Cup to erase any doubt that they belong there. I’m going with optimism this week. :)

  2. I love the Algerians, especially the crazy ones living in France who are angry and resentful about the mistreatment and marginalization they experience (or so I’ve heard). And I hope, somehow, Algeria meets France and then wins.

  3. mcguffers: It’s worse than the crease thing, even though that decided a Stanley Cup. In terms of the offense, it was the NHL rulebook that was stupid, whereas in this case, Henry’s play really was a tragic miscall.

    The beach ball goal is still nothing short of amazing, however.

  4. Hmmm, I was discussing the possibility of an Algeria/France matchup at the world cup today with a friend. The atmosphere would be pretty electric in the country given the very large Algerian community here, and the social issues you’ve hinted at. And there’s a good chance it would turn bad in a few places… It’s crazy, but that’s how it goes here.

    I’ll root for les bleus at the world cup, but honestly, I don’t see them going very far. I’ll definitely speak about the world cup on this blog, especially since it will start just at the end of the nhl season.

  5. I saw the game at YOO actually…. I wasn’t sure if it was wise to ask you about that :D

  6. Well it’s weird, because they won (err, they got a tie), but EVERYONE in France seems outraged about that goal. I’m sincerely happy they got their ticket to South Africa, because following a world cup without your team is just not the same. But, yeah, let’s forget that game really quick! :P

  7. Heeey, I enjoy the World Cup and my country never comes anywhere close to qualifying :D

    But I know what you’re saying. I can’t wait for the World Cup!

  8. I had to google the beach ball goal. I will never complain about a bad puck bounce ever! That goal is horrid!

  9. Wow, I didn’t know about that beach ball goal. It’s crazy. How could that one be allowed is beyond me.

  10. I only just saw this on the news. My GOD, missing that call is just offensive.

    But what really gets me is the FIFA REFUSING to even discuss it. I don’t even know what to say about that.

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