FIFA And UEFA Shame On You

Thierry Daniel Henry’s double hand passing of the ball to French team mate William Éric Gallas, which resulted in that all important extra-time goal, was a cruel and devastating blow to Ireland’s World Cup hopes last night.

While publicly, Henry may claim his double handling of the ball was accidental,  the truth remains, he is privately aware that this act in sealing Ireland’s fate last night, was simply blatant cheating.

Giovanni Trapattoni

Giovanni Trapattoni

For all his genius over the past decade, Thierry Henry, must now join a list of  sporting greats that will be forever remembered more for that one moment of disgrace, than for the myriad of graceful moments with which he was previously recognized.

It is a shameful day for the game of football when something like this is allowed to happen, in full view of the eyes of the sporting world and the officials of the international governing body of football.
The cowardly, greedy and gutless guardians of the sport themselves must now be called to account. Is not the pursuit of fairness in football a FIFA ideal and is it not high time this governing body stood by their principle of fair play and act now?

Surely, if you’re trying to run the largest sporting event in the world, and the purpose of the event is to find out who is the best football team in the world, then you must ensure, no guarantee, that the officiating of such an event is to a standard which puts the future destiny of each team in the hands of each players ability. The  truth would appear however that FIFA wanted Portugal and France to go through on financial grounds and FIFA’s dream has now been fully realised by turning a blind eye to blatant cheating by France.

Video film does not lie, France’s captain had handled the ball, not once, but twice. While the first time might have been forgiven as a pardonable reflex action, the second handling was clearly intentional. Not only was France’s national pride at stake, but also for FIFA was tens of millions of euros.

Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s (FIFA) 10 Fair Play Rules

1. Play fair

Winning is without value if victory has been achieved unfairly or dishonestly. Cheating is easy, but brings no pleasure. Playing fair requires courage and character. It is also more satisfying. Fair play always has its reward, even when the game is lost. Playing fair earns respect, while cheating only brings shame. Remember: it is only a game. And games are pointless unless played fairly.

2. Play to win but accept defeat with dignity

Winning is the object of playing any game. Never set out to lose. If you do not play to win, you are cheating your opponents, deceiving those who are watching, and also fooling yourself. Never give up against stronger opponents but never relent against weaker ones. It is an insult to any opponent to play at less than full strength. Play to win, until the final whistle. But remember nobody wins all the time. You win some, you lose some. Learn to lose graciously. Do not seek excuses for defeat. Genuine reasons will always be self-evident. Congratulate the winners with good grace. Do not blame the referee or anyone else. Be determined to do better next time. Good losers earn more respect than bad winners.

3. Observe the Laws of the Game

All games need rules to guide them. Without rules, there would be chaos. The rules of football are simple and easy to learn. Make sure you learn them; it will help you to understand the game better. Understanding the game better will make you a better player. It is equally important to understand the spirit of the rules. They are designed to make the game fun to play and fun to watch. By sticking to the rules, the game will be more enjoyable.

4. Respect opponents, team-mates, referees, officials and spectators

Fair Play means respect. Respect is part of our game. Without opponents there can be no game. Everyone has the same rights, including the right to be respected. Team-mates are colleagues. Form a team in which all members are equal. Referees are there to maintain discipline and Fair Play. Always accept their decisions without arguing, and help them to enable all participants to have a more enjoyable game. Officials are also part of the game and must be respected accordingly. Spectators give the game atmosphere. They want to see the game played fairly, but must also behave fairly and with respect themselves.

5. Promote the interests of football

Football is the world’s greatest game. But it always needs everybody’s help to maintain its greatness. Think of football’s interests before your own. Think how your actions may affect the image of the game. Talk about the positive things in the game. Encourage other people to watch and play fairly. Help others to have as much fun from football as you do. Be an ambassador for the game.

6. Honour those who defend football’s good reputation

The good name of football has survived because the vast majority of people who love the game are honest and fair. Sometimes somebody does something exceptional that deserves our special recognition. They should be honoured and their fine example publicised. This encourages others to act in the same way. Help to promote football’s image by publicising its good deeds.

7. Reject corruption, drugs, racism, violence, gambling and other dangers to our sport

Football’s huge popularity sometimes makes it vulnerable to negative outside interests. Watch out for attempts to tempt you into cheating or using drugs. Drugs have no place in football, in any other sport or in society as a whole. Say no to drugs. Help to kick racism and bigotry out of football. Treat all players and everyone else equally, regardless of their religion, race, sex or national origin. Show zero tolerance for gambling on games in which you participate. It negatively affects your ability to perform and creates the appearance of a conflict of interests. Show that football does not want violence, even from your own fans. Football is sport, and sport is peace.

8. Help others to resist corrupting pressures

You may hear that team-mates or other people you know are being tempted to cheat in some way or otherwise engage in behaviour deemed unacceptable. They need your help. Do not hesitate to stand by them. Give them the strength to resist. Remind them of their commitment to their team-mates and to the game itself. Form a block of solidarity, like a solid defence on the field of play.

9. Denounce those who attempt to discredit our sport

Do not be ashamed to stand up to anybody who you are sure is trying to make others cheat or engage in other unacceptable behaviour. It is better to expose them and have them removed before they can do any damage. It is equally dishonest to go along with a dishonest act. Do not just say no. Denounce those misguided persons who are trying to spoil our sport before they can persuade somebody else to say yes.

10. Use football to make a better world

Football has an incredible power, which can be used to make this world a better place in which everyone can live. Use this powerful platform to promote peace, equality, health and education for everyone. Make the game better, take it to the world, and you will be fostering a better world.

To FIFA and the Union of European Football Associations UEFA : “With you must now go all the blame and the shame”.
To the Irish Team and Giovanni Trapattoni: “To a man, you made every Irishman, woman and child of Ireland feel so proud”.
To France: “If you win the World Cup, please take no glory, you were really only runners up”.


4 comments to FIFA And UEFA Shame On You

  • Bruno S.

    I am French but believe that most of french football lovers are disgusted.

    I really would like the match to be played again.

    Shame on FIFA and UEFA with Platini who stops the possibility of videos…

  • Bruno all lovers of football world wide share this disgust, regrettably FIFA are more interested in money than in the skill of players.

  • Ricardo

    This is not the first time France goes on with Hands on ball.
    It was the same against Portugal in 2000 and 2006. Now it´s with Ireland.

    This idiot called Platini without proof tryed to get off Porto of Champions League last year instead of waiting for the proof, has just came out saying that Porto should not be in the Champions League.

    His problem is that he’s a liar, and an idiot and even he never was a good player.

    It´s so stupid not having the possibility to review the videos. So why goes France instead of Ireland that deserves the place ?

    Shame on you Platini,

    Please get out of Football you´re not man enough to represent such a passion sport.

    Shame on Uefa and Fifa that only care about money.
    Shame on you Blatter

  • Sean Ryan

    Ricardo, you are wrong about Platini as a player. He was an excellent footballer, with great vision, and a brilliant passer of a ball. I was born and reared in Thurles, but Henry is not at fault here. It was the referee’s decision not to award the goal, so that’s that. Nothing we can do about it, fair play or not. It’s very hard on Ireland and the fans, but the game is over , and this notion of allowing Ireland in as the 33rd country is embarrassing. The French won’t get far in the competotion, as they are not very good. Ireland were bad too, and would not have made it out of the group if they had qualified.

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