Comments:Ireland requests replay of FIFA World Cup play-off with France
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The people of Ireland want a replay, the people of France want a replay, even Thierry Henry is feeling the shame and has said he wants a replay so who is stopping them? If FIFA will no arrange the game the FFF and teh FAI should arrange a game, FC Barcelona would be a good venu with the procedes going to UNICEF. Both sides should agree to be bound by the result and tell FIFA that whoever looses will refuse to travel to South Africa and once the game becomes a reality FIFA will have to accept Fair Play.
Cheating and the Importance of Not Condoning It
Life is a game! Games are part of life! Soccer is only a game and I'm not a big enthusiast, but I enjoy watching it from time to time. Like many, I feel bothered by Thierry Henri's hand ball incident in the Ireland versus France match. All the world saw that the referee and officials made a wrong decision and that France's win depended on cheating. I don't in any way blame Thierry Henri. In the heat of the moment he reacted instinctively. All the players in the match were highly fired-up and that is normal in sport. I, like so many others, am bothered because FIFA has effectively condoned cheating as a means of winning football matches. The implication is that if the cheating is not detected by the referee and the officials at the time it occurs, then it is perfectly acceptable to win on that basis. The message is cheat! go ahead, it's a valid tactic and you might get away with it. What is more, there is huge money involved in international football and the incentives to cheat in all sorts of ways are huge. Of course the rule book supports the FIFA decision, when read selectively! In any set of rules there is a hierarchy of principles, but which principle is the primary one? Is it the principle of fair play? If FIFA's highest principles were applied to athletics then athletes who were found to have cheated retrospectively through using drugs would not be deprived of their medals. Effectively they would be congratulated for having gotten away with it!
Sport is only sport, but attitudes are attitudes. And attitudes do not recognise any barriers between the games that constitute life. Terrorism is cheating. Genocide is cheating. Extracting confessions from suspects by torture is cheating. Misleading shareholders and abusing company directorships or chairmanships in order to make personal gains are cheating. Political corruption is cheating. When it comes to it, the only defenses we have against all of these things are our attitudes, our sense of right and wrong.
The link to this blog (http://www.fun-engineering.net/blog/2009/11/cheating-and-importance-of-not.html) has been submitted to FIFA through their web site.
world cup..Petition,replay. for Ireland / France..
Ireland deserve a replay ,due to the fact FIFA,are being totally unjust.
There should be a secure petition either on this site or another.
I think every world cup country with a genuine football supporter shoul sign it.
Then let FiFA decide on it.
The FIFA website could also receive yoor opinions on the matter. LIBERTIE,,,JUSTICE,,,FIFA,,,?
Even though i am a Ireland fan, I think the referee's decision is final.
Henry is a fat cheater.
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If he had not used his hand, it would have been a goal kick. I think Ireland rightfully should have qualified for the world cup. France should have been disqualified and Ireland should have been given a direct entry into the tournament. And France gave a very bad performance in the world cup by finishing last in their group. I think Ireland would have given a much better performance and could have caused troubles for Spain.