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Hand of Henry: FIFA frees Thierry

FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee has announced that no action will be taken against Barcelona striker Thierry Henry for his handball against the Republic of Ireland in November.

Henry controlled the ball with his hand before crossing for William Gallas to score the decisive goal in the second leg of the tie in Paris which saw Les Bleus seal a spot in next summer’s finals in South Africa.

A statement in FIFA’s website read: “On 2 December 2009, the FIFA Executive Committee asked the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to analyse the handling offence committed by Thierry Henry during the France v. Republic of Ireland match on 18 November 2009, and to consider the possible disciplinary consequences.

“At its meeting on 18 January 2010, the Disciplinary Committee reached the conclusion that there was no legal foundation for the committee to consider the case because handling the ball cannot be regarded as a serious infringement as stipulated in article 77a) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

“There is no other legal text that would allow the committee to impose sanctions for any incidents missed by match officials.”


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