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Pele defends Henry's handball

2009-11-27 13:07

Johannesburg - Football legend Pele has come out in support of France and Barcelona striker Thierry Henry.

It was Henry's handball that led to the goal that saw the Republic of Ireland denied the chance to go to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup.

The Brazilian believes the Frenchman did not handle the ball on purpose and it was just bad luck for Ireland.

Pele said: "The result wasn't fair, no doubt, but everybody can make a mistake. Even him (Henry).

"He did it accidentally. I don't think he thought he was going to handle the ball."

He added: "We say 'fair play' but I don't think it was unfair because (it happened) in one second."


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