Select a Team

Fifa rule out Ireland replay

Irish left to rue decision as France assured of World Cup place

Last Updated: 20/11/09 1:30pm

  • Share:
Henry: Clear handball

Henry: Clear handball

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Fifa has confirmed that under no circumstances will Republic of Ireland's World Cup play-off with France be replayed.

SKY BET ODDS Stage of Elimination for France - Last 16 9/4, Quarter-Final 9/4 or Winner 16/1. Bet Now

"Decisions are taken by the referee and these decisions are final."
Fifa. Quotes of the week

Wednesday's second-leg clash in Paris has been the subject of intense scrutiny as France progressed courtesy of a 2-1 aggregate success, secured in extra-time largely thanks to Thierry Henry's now infamous double handball prior to William Gallas' leveller on the night.

The Football Association of Ireland had asked Fifa to replay the game as even Henry conceded he had handled the ball before laying on Gallas' equaliser, which booked France's place in South Africa.

Ireland received widespread sympathy throughout the football fraternity following a gutsy display in the French capital, with a number of key figures championing their cause for a replay.


However, such a request has been given short shrift by world football's governing body Fifa, who insist a referee's decision is final in rejecting the FAI's appeal.

"Fifa has today, 20 November 2009, replied to the request made by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) to replay the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa play-off match held on 18 November 2009 between France and the Republic of Ireland in Paris," read an official statement from Fifa.

"In the reply, Fifa states that the result of the match cannot be changed and the match cannot be replayed.

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

Fifa's response will now be considered by the FAI's board of management, which sits for a pre-arranged meeting on Friday afternoon.

The FAI said in a statement: "Football Association of Ireland today confirmed that it has received correspondence from FIFA rejecting the Association's request for a replay of the World Cup play-off match between France and the Republic of Ireland.

"A previously scheduled meeting of the FAI board of management will take place this afternoon where the matter will be considered.

"No further comment will be made until this meeting has concluded."

  • Share:


Henry handball

Dunne: Bounced back

O'Neill hails Dunne display

Villa manager Martin O'Neill has praised the "application and professionalism" of Richard Dunne following his World Cup heartbreak

Henry: Could face ban

Henry may face finals ban

Fifa has revealed Thierry Henry will be referred to its disciplinary committee after the controversy over his infamous handball.

Henry: Worried by support

Henry concern over support

Thierry Henry has admitted his surprise at lack of support from some quarters for his now infamous handball.


Most Popular


Zlatan set for swansong

Zlatan set for swansong

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will get his international swansong at Euro 2016. We look at his remarkable numbers...

Euro 2016: The lowdown

Euro 2016: The lowdown

Who qualified, what do the kits look like, where and when is the final? All you need to know here...

England in 2015: A review

England in 2015: A review

Sky Sports News HQ reporter Nick Collins reflects game-by-game on another solid year of progress for Roy Hodgson's England.