Wednesday 21 February 2018

VIDEO: Gary Lineker jokes about Thierry Henry handball

During last nights BBC coverage of the World Cup as Thierry Henry talked about a players handball during the England v Italy game fellow pundit Gary Lineker cut in questioning the French man "Have you ever got away with a handball".

The joke referred to Thierry Henry's controversial hand ball against Ireland in the 2010 World Cup. The incident led to calls from the Football Association of Ireland and Government of Ireland to the world governing body FIFA for the result to be set aside and for the game to be replayed, and later for Ireland to be allowed to enter the World Cup as an unprecedented supernumerary 33rd team. Henry, previously seen by many in the sport as a fair footballer, was characterised as cheating

The result sparked debate on the issue of fair play in football, and fuelled the ongoing debate on the introduction of video refereeing and Additional Assistant Referees into the sport. At an emergency meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee called in part as a result of the handball controversy, FIFA announced it was setting up an inquiry into the options for technology of extra officials in football, but ruled out any changes being introduced in time for the 2010 World Cup. Henry's case was passed to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee for investigation, which ruled that it could not sanction Henry under the text of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

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