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7y, 6d agoPosted 7 years, 6 days ago
This is really getting pathetic now

Ireland has now asked Fifa for an extra place at the world cup!!
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7y, 6d agoPosted 7 years, 6 days ago
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suspended#1
Last throw of the dice
#3
REPUBLIC ASKED FOR SOUTH AFRICA BERTH

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has revealed the Football Association of Ireland asked to be included in the World Cup finals as an extra team following the Republic of Ireland's controversial play-off exit to France.

The Republic lost to a play-off extra-time goal in Paris scored by William Gallas after Thierry Henry handled the ball in the build-up.

Blatter admitted for the first time the World Cup play-off system must be examined as a result of Henry's handball and the controversy which surrounded the match.

But he ruled out the Republic being added to South Africa 2010 as team 33.

FIFA are holding an extraordinary executive committee meeting on Wednesday to deal with a number pressing issues, with fair play at the top of the agenda following Henry's infamous extra-time handball.

Speaking at the Soccerex conference in Johannesburg two days before the Cape Town meeting, Blatter said the current rules would have to undergo serious examination.

"On one match it is decided if you are in or out and this is not the spirit behind this World Cup," said Blatter.

"We must have a look at this. There is so much at stake."

With a replay ruled out, Blatter claimed the FAI had subsequently requested to be included as an extra country at the World Cup.

"Naturally they were unhappy with what happened and asked very humbly whether they could be team number 33," said Blatter.

"I will bring it to the attention of the executive committee but if we do that, we will also have to bring in Costa Rica."

The Costa Ricans believe they too were eliminated unfairly - this time by an offside goal scored by Uruguay - but Blatter's tone suggested it was inconceivable FIFA would add any more countries to the 32-team finals next year.

Blatter also gave the broadest hint yet the use of two extra officials behind the goal, currently being trialled in the Europa League, could be introduced in time for the World Cup.

"It's possible we will make additional officials for the World Cup but we have to see if it is feasible or realistic. Something has to be done in terms of match control."

If Wednesday's meeting gives this the green light for any rule change, it will have to go the International FA Board's annual meeting in March for final approval.

"How can it happen that all over the world, through TV cameras, we have seen through a cheating handball that a pass was given for a goal?" said Blatter.

"Everyone is asking what is and what isn't fair play. The highest crime in football is touching the ball with the hands."

The FAI confirmed that the issue was discussed at a meeting with Blatter in Switzerland last week.

A statement from the governing body read: "The Football Association of Ireland today confirmed that it attended an hour and a half meeting, at its request, with Mr Sepp Blatter, President of FIFA on Friday in Zurich.

"A lot was discussed at the meeting and at one stage the FAI asked if Ireland could be accommodated into the World Cup 2010.

"Other suggestions were also made to mitigate against further occurrences of such incidents, including the use of additional goal line assistant referees for FIFA international matches, further use of video technology for matches at the highest level, stronger provisions to discourage players from engaging in such blatant breaches of the Laws of the Game and provisions to strengthen referee selection for such important matches."
#4
I think any sympathy that Ireland might have had at first has been diminished now
#5
hassony
I think any sympathy that Ireland might have had at first has been diminished now


If only Roy Keane was the head of FIFA :-D
#6
This whole thing has shown football to be the joke it is, How can someone who was so clearly seen to be cheating not have any action taken against him,This wouldnt happen at the olympics lol,
#7
tonyg1962
This whole thing has shown football to be the joke it is, How can someone who was so clearly seen to be cheating not have any action taken against him,This wouldnt happen at the olympics lol,


Its a booking offence at worst, players try it all the time
Defoe did it on saturday against Villa and he got a pat from the ref for it! not even a yellow card
#8
tonyg1962
This whole thing has shown football to be the joke it is, How can someone who was so clearly seen to be cheating not have any action taken against him,This wouldnt happen at the olympics lol,


It's controversy like this that makes football even more interesting and entertaining. Not good for the victims, but it spices things up a bit...
#9
there should be a replay end of. Henry cheated, bringing the game into disrepute, lacking respect for his opponents etc. There is millions at stake in terms of revenue for each country by not getting to the world cup.....
#10
I don't think there should be a replay as nearly every past game would have a debatable decision to contend with.

What should have happened is that Henry should be banned for the next 10 competetive matches, ensuring that he will miss the World Cup and also to send out a message to others that similar instances will be met with the same reply.

Unfortunately even league clubs are too big for the likes of FIFA and UEFA and nothing will be done.
#11
Time they stopped whining on about it been loads of games decided on dodgy refs decisions 1966 world cup for one. Gie it a rest ffs
banned#12
roryk83
there should be a replay end of. Henry cheated, bringing the game into disrepute, lacking respect for his opponents etc. There is millions at stake in terms of revenue for each country by not getting to the world cup.....


Yeah, and I demand a replay of the England versus Arentina world cup game in 1986...

What's that the Germans want a replay of the 1966 cup game because of Geoff Hirst's third goal???:whistling:

Ad infinitum.

Irish FA - like the French and those beloved Irish chart toppers Bewitched say...

C'est La Vie
banned#13
greg_68
I don't think there should be a replay as nearly every past game would have a debatable decision to contend with.

What should have happened is that Henry should be banned for the next 10 competetive matches, ensuring that he will miss the World Cup and also to send out a message to others that similar instances will be met with the same reply.

Unfortunately even league clubs are too big for the likes of FIFA and UEFA and nothing will be done.


That's absurd - the referee was at fault for not seeing it. If he had it would have been a free kick and at most a yellow card. So you give Henry a yellow card.

You don't give a stupidly long punishment for the mistakes of the officials:roll:
#14
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/feb/11/football-world-cup-group-8ireland-georgia-minute-by-minute

72 mins in this game and a dodgy decision throws this qualifier on its head earlier in the campaign. (in irelands favour)

you get decisions for you and decisions against and until replays are introduced this is always going to happen.
#15
FilthAndFurry
Yeah, and I demand a replay of the England versus Arentina world cup game in 1986...

What's that the Germans want a replay of the 1966 cup game because of Geoff Hirst's third goal???:whistling:

Ad infinitum.

Irish FA - like the French and those beloved Irish chart toppers Bewitched say...

C'est La Vie


yeah obviously too long has passed since those instances to do anything about it, but just because wrongs have been committed before and gone unpunished / not addressed is not an argument for continuing to allow them to be committed. Only a short period of time has passed since the Henry incident and it would be easy to have the replay - its not like its in the middle of the World Cup etc
#16
well france shouldnt be going , everyone knows that so why not ireland, would be great to face them again in the world cup! haha
banned#17
Bully
well france shouldnt be going , everyone knows that so why not ireland, would be great to face them again in the world cup! haha


Why not Georgia?
#18
I want a replay for the sunderland vs liverpool game, that was a clear case of the ref not knowing the rules and costing us the game
#19
IFA? Don't you mean the FAI? Unless some Independent Financial Advisors are kicking off about this as well...
#20
suchafunkymonkey
IFA? Don't you mean the FAI? Unless some Independent Financial Advisors are kicking off about this as well...


pmsl nah IFAs are kickin off about the FSA lol

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