Henry wants more video use
10 Jul 2006 - 08:38:24
Thierry Henry has called for more use of video evidence in football after his captain Zinedine Zidane was dismissed in France's World Cup final defeat by Italy on Sunday.
Zidane, who was playing in his last game before retirement, was dismissed for head-butting Marco Materazzi in the chest during extra-time as Italy eventually won 5-3 on penalties.
The referee did not see the incident and appeared to get the view of the fourth official, who saw the head-butt on video, before showing Zidane a red card.
"It's football, isn't it?" said Henry after the match. "When a game goes to penalties you have to accept it. It's the way things are sometimes. But it is not good when things are decided that way.
"I don't know what happened, not exactly, but I don't think it is right to use video evidence that way (for Zidane's red card). If they want to use it for one thing, they should use it for everything and that includes Materazzi.
"I was on the bench and, to be honest, I didn't really see what happened and I am sure the linesman didn't see it either.
"When I realised something was going on, I turned and I thought I saw a lot of cards - then I saw him with the red.
"I don't know what did it, but something definitely happened.
"To get to the final is an achievement. We can be pleased. We have done something to be proud of but obviously this was not how we wanted it to end tonight.
"Personally, I am feeling in between - I feel very disappointed but also proud of how we played to reach the final. We have to go on from here."