Liverpool FC legend and former Republic of Ireland player John Aldridge on cheating Thierry Henry

19 November 2009 09:24
JOHN ALDRIGE today demanded FIFA to take drastic action against Thierry Henry following the handball that shattered the Republic of Ireland's World Cup dreams.[LNB]Not surprisingly, the Liverpool legend - who represented Ireland at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups - was incensed by the manner of the goal France scored to secure a scarcely deserved 1-1 draw which booked their place in South Africa next summer.[LNB]Henry clearly handled the ball before squaring for William Gallas to cancel out Robbie Keane's opener at the Stade de France to leave Aldridge and a nation enraged by the injustice.[LNB] Add you support to the Republic of Ireland's call for France replay - just tick belowWhat dismayed Aldridge most of all, though, was the fact the 'crime' was committed by Henry, who is looked upon as a true sportsman and a role model for so many.[LNB]"Should they (FIFA and UEFA) ban him? Definitely," he told the Liverpool Echo today.[LNB]"Something should happen but the sadly it won't," said Aldridge, who scored 19 times in his 69 appearances for Ireland.[LNB]"UEFA is run by a Frenchman (Michel Platini) with FIFA is run by Sepp Blatter. They make the rules as they go along.[LNB]"It is just unbelievable. For a footballer who has the highest respect to do something like that and stoop to such a level shows the desperate measures France had to take.

Source: Liverpool_Echo