Friday 28 April 2017

Thierry Henry's handball was shameful – but FAI’s actions were betrayal

Thierry Henry with Richard Dunne after the game in Paris
Thierry Henry with Richard Dunne after the game in Paris

Henry Winter

Those of us in Paris six years ago, talking to Republic of Ireland fans outside Stade de France, will never forget their disgust at Thierry Henry’s cheating and the Frenchman’s attempt to console heartbroken players like Richard Dunne.

Their anger surely returns with a vengeance at the astonishing revelation that their own people, the FAI, accepted €5m from Fifa not to pursue a legal case, basically cash for no questions.

For those Irish supporters in Paris, that hush money must feel like blood money. For observers of Fifa’s notorious approach to smoothing out wrinkles in its precious tournaments this was another dispiriting case of money first, honest players and real supporters nowhere.

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