FIFA to meet over play-offs

23 November 2009 06:22
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has called an extraordinary meeting of the world governing body's executive committee following the incidents which occurred during the World Cup play-offs. At the top of the list of topics to be discussed is likely to be Thierry Henry's handball in the France versus Republic of Ireland game. FIFA has already rejected a request for a replay from the Football Association of Ireland following Henry's admission of guilt in the lead up to the goal which saw France progress to next summer's finals at the expense of Giovanni Trapattoni's side. The meeting in Cape Town next week has also been called to discuss the spate of arrests which were made across Europe in recent days by police officers investigating allegations of match-fixing. Crown trouble surrounding the Algeria's victory over Egypt is also believed to be on the agenda. "Due to recent events in the world of football, namely incidents at the play-offs for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, match control (refereeing) and irregularities in the football betting market, the FIFA president has called an extraordinary meeting of the executive committee," read a FIFA statement. "The extraordinary meeting of the executive committee will take place in Cape Town on 2 December 2009."

Source: ESA