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French PM to Irish leader: keep out of Thierry Henry scandal

Publié par Clifford Armion le 20/11/2009

David Sharrock and Charles Bremner

"Ireland's anger at being denied a place at the World Cup finals by a blatant French handball threatened to provoke a diplomatic row yesterday when the prime ministers of both countries became involved.

"François Fillon warned Brian Cowen to keep out of the football scandal after the Taoiseach said that he would discuss his call for the Ireland-France match to be replayed with President Sarkozy. Mr Fillon said that neither government should interfere in the decisions of Fifa, world football's governing body.

"While French public opinion turned against the national team, voicing shame over Thierry Henry's double handball in setting up the crucial goal, in Ireland it was as if the nation were taking a bath in the nostalgia-scented waters of oppression."

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"French PM to Irish leader: keep out of Thierry Henry scandal", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), novembre 2009. Consulté le 28/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/french-pm-to-irish-leader-keep-out-of-thierry-henry-scandal