French rebuff replay calls
The French Football Federation have refused to back the Football Association of Ireland's call to replay their World Cup play-off.
Last Updated: 21/11/09 7:40pm
The French Football Federation (FFF) have refused to back the Football Association of Ireland's (FAI) call to replay their World Cup play-off.
The French booked their place at the World Cup finals next summer, after a highly controversial winner in their play-off clash on Wednesday.
Thierry Henry handled the ball before setting up William Gallas for the winner.
Since then Henry has admitted to handling the ball, and stated he thinks a replay would be fair.
Both the FAI and Irish captain Robbie Keane have responded to Henry's comments by calling on the FFF to ask Fifa for a replay - something the world's governing body have already stated will not happen.
But the FFF have refused to back the stance that a replay is needed.
In a statement, the French authorities said: "The decision by Fifa is final and should be respected by both (the French and Irish) federations
"The FFF understands the disappointment and bitterness of the Irish players, management and supporters.
"The federation never sought to deny the refereeing error which saw the equalising French goal allowed.
"During matches, decisions are taken by the referee and these decisions are final. As a result, the result of the match cannot be changed and the match cannot be replayed."