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Irish minister wants a replay

2009-11-19 17:16
A TV grab shows Thierry Henry touching the ball with his hand. (AFP)

Dublin - An Irish government official is calling for a replay of the contentious World Cup playoff against France after the deciding goal was preceded by an obvious handball by Thierry Henry in extra time.

Irish justice minister Dermot Ahern said Thursday he has asked the country's Football Association to file an official protest after France advanced 2-1 on aggregate.

Ahern said that "if that result remains, it reinforces the view that if you cheat you will win."

Henry twice touched the ball with his hand Wednesday before crossing it to William Gallas who scored.

Ahern said "people worldwide saw it was a blatant double handball" and that "we should put the powers that be in the cozy world of FIFA on the spot and demand a replay."

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