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Last Updated: Friday November 20 2009 16:08 GMT

Henry says replay would be fair

Thierry Henry handballs during the match

Thierry Henry has said the "fairest solution" to the row over how France beat Ireland in a World Cup qualifying match would be a replay.

The play-off tie was settled in controversial style when France scored an equaliser, but only after a Henry handball that led to a goal.

Henry also said he was embarrassed by the way France won.

Fifa has said the World Cup qualifying match between the Republic of Ireland and France will not be replayed.

On Thursday the Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen said football bosses Fifa should order a replay of the match.

Then the French Prime Minister Francois Fillon told Mr Cowan to leave football decisions to Fifa.

The former Arsenal striker didn't score a goal himself, but did play a crucial role in creating one for team-mate William Gallas in extra-time.

France v Ireland
Thierry Henry during the match

Gallas' goal equalised Robbie Keane's earlier strike, and ensured the match in Paris ended 1-1. That meant France went through, as they won the first leg in Ireland on Saturday 1-0.

Fifa supports referee

A Fifa statement said: "As is clearly mentioned in the Laws of the Game, during matches, decisions are taken by the referee and these decisions are final."

Ireland's manager Giovanni Trapattoni spoke to journalists on Thursday, and admitted that a replay isn't going to happen.

He added: "This situation has to give a chance to who is responsible to rethink. It can be repeated in the future and we have to stop it."