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Last Updated: Thursday November 19 2009 14:56 GMT

Calls for Ireland to replay France after Word Cup shock

Thierry Henry crosses for William Gallas to score the crucial goal

Football bosses in Ireland have called for a World Cup qualifier between Ireland and France to be played again.

Thierry Henry admitted he touched the ball with his hand, but the referee didn't spot it during the match and William Gallas went on to score.

The match ended 1-1 which meant Ireland didn't qualify for the World Cup.

The Football Association of Ireland have now asked Fifa, the World Cup organisers, to order that the match is played again.

The Irish team were leading from the 33rd minute after Republic skipper Robbie Keane shot past Hugo Lloris from 10 yards.

Then striker Thierry Henry handled the ball as he set up William Gallas' extra-time goal but the referee didn't call it.

France v Ireland
Thierry Henry during the match

After the match Henry admitted he had touched the ball but said it was the referee's decision to allow the goal.

If the goal had been disallowed, the match would have gone to penalties and Ireland could have got a place in the World Cup in South Africa next summer.

Instead they didn't qualify because they had lost to France in an earlier match.


Republic of Ireland defender Richard Dunne said he felt "cheated" of a World Cup place and Irish politician Dermot Ahern has called for a replay of the match.

Dunne said: "Henry admitted afterwards he handled it, but it doesn't make me feel any better. We were cheated."