Friday, November 20, 2009

Ireland asks for replay of World Cup play-off

By Nomava Nobumba
20 November 2009

The Football Association of Ireland has lodged a complaint with Fifa asking for their World Cup play-off against France to be replayed.

Republic of Ireland were beaten 1-2 on aggregate after France won with goal scored when captain Thierry Henry handled the ball. Fifa insists its disciplinary code says referees' decisions "are final".

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen also called for a replay, saying he would raise the issue with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at a Brussels summit.

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