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Wednesday, 11 September, 2002, 13:29 GMT 14:29 UK
Henry escapes shirt rap
Thierry Henry
Henry gets the message
Arsenal striker Thierry Henry will not face any disciplinary action from the FA despite peeling off his shirt to reveal a message during the 2-1 win over Manchester City.

Henry celebrated after scoring Arsenal's 41st-minute winner by lifting his jersey and displaying the words: For the new born Kyd.

The message was believed to be aimed at his friend Sharleen Spiteri, the lead singer with the band Texas, following the birth of her new baby.

Fifa has recently introduced rules banning players from displaying messages.

Henry will instead be sent a letter by the FA to remind him of the regulations, with the aim of ensuring he does not repeat the gesture in future games.

Boss Arsene Wenger appealed for the FA not to take any action against his French international, insisting that players should only be punished for "offensive" messages.

FA spokesman Adrian Bevington said: "We will be writing to Thierry Henry to remind him of the regulation.

"Clearly, this was intended as a goodwill gesture towards the new-born baby and we accept that.

"However, it is a breach of the international board regulations and we therefore feel the need to remind him of those regulations."

Meanwhile, City manager Kevin Keegan could face a rap after condemning the referee's assistant who got skipper Ali Benarbia sent off at Highbury.

Keegan described the official's performance as being: "So biased it was frightening," and said he would score him zero marks because that was what he deserved.

FA bosses are sure to study his remarks and may hit him with a disrepute charge.

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