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.

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.

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.

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.

"Should they (FIFA and UEFA) ban him? Definitely," he told the Liverpool Echo today.

"Something should happen but the sadly it won't," said Aldridge, who scored 19 times in his 69 appearances for Ireland.

"UEFA is run by a Frenchman (Michel Platini) with FIFA is run by Sepp Blatter. They make the rules as they go along.

"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

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