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."

More In This Category

Thierry Henry would never consider playing for France again even if new coach and former teammate Laurent Blanc asked him to.
An emotional Diego Maradona says he was betrayed as Argentina coach by national team director Carlos Bilardo.
Carlos Alberto Parreira has left South Africa at the end of his contract with Bafana Bafana, headed for his home in Rio de Janeiro.
Ghana defender John Mensah has refuted claims of a spat with the Ghana Football Association over unpaid Soccer World Cup bonuses.
Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk