Henry out of World Cup! Angry Irish are granted their wish by bookies

24 March 2010 07:26
Thierry Henry is out of the World Cup - at least he's out of Keith McDonnell's World Cup.

Hands-on Henry: The France striker palms the ball before setting up William Gallas' goal against Ireland

Irishman McDonnell is still furious over Thierry's handball that helped France beat Ireland in the play-off and qualify for this summer's finals in South Africa.

But being the Europe MD of bookmakers Bodog.com he can do something about it.

Henry clearly handled the ball in extra time and then set up William Gallas to score the goal that knocked the Irish out of the World Cup.

So McDonnell has taken the decision to scratch Henry from any World Cup involvement meaning any goals he scores will not be recognised by his company, converting drawn games into wins for punters who bet against them.

For example, if you back a draw in a France game on Bodog.com and Henry nets the only goal of the game, you will still get paid.

This also applies toa first goalscorer and each-way markets too. So, if you back a playerto be the highest scorer throughout the tournament and your man comesfourth, one below Henry, you would be paid as if he came third.

However, if you do place a bet for France to win, all of Henry's goals will still count.

McDonnell felt the hands-on Frenchman has no right to be there and explained: 'I want to enjoy the World Cup and the only way I can do that is if Thierry Henry is no longer part of it. He has already ruined my World Cup and I want to make sure he can do no more damage.'

With France having what looks like routine group matches against South Africa,Mexico and Uruguay, it's likely Henry's goals will be a factor in thetop goalscorer market as well as the tournament as a whole.

An estimated £750m will be bet on the World Cup this year, and, according to Bodog, more than £150m of this will be from the UK.

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Source: Daily_Mail