Monday, 23 November 2009

A terrible admission

I must admit it, and, for a mature male, it is a terrible admission. Yes, I actually cried last Wednesday night when the 'Hand Of Gaul' goal went in, and Ireland went out. This then was replaced by a terrible and righteous anger.

But time heals, and the healing was enhanced by the cataract of bullshit that followed. Theirry Henri was castigated as a vile cheat, the Swedish officials were bribed by Sepp Blatter to get the big country through, and the French FA were miserable frogs for not immediately offering us a replay.

What bollocks. In fact I think the French, team and public, came out of it very well. The team were obviously affected by the manner of their qualification, Henri admitted his offence, while he and the rest of the team asked for the game to be replayed. So did nearly 90% of the French general public.

The facts are, Henri did what any footballer would have done, and indeed what Robbie Keane had done a few times previously in that very game! Fact is, the officials bottled it. Had they wanted to usher France through they had earlier had a number of opportunities to award penalties. Given that they had already made these tough calls against France, to actually disallow a late goal - the referee was unsighted - would have demanded exemplary, unique, courage.

Now I ask myself, what would have happened if it had been the other way around? We all know don't we? Token regrets for public consumption, but most of us would have snickered behind our backs and as packed our bullet proof vests for South Africa.

Nobody does wounded outrage like the Irish

13 comments:

W Baker said...

Well, at least some of your countrymen will be saved certain rape and pillaging, if not death, by not going to the World Cup in SA!!!

kulak said...

Crying is healthy.

Provided the Irish team actually is Irish.

Anonymous said...

Thats a good point W Baker,thats what I was thinking.
The reaction of one of the Swedish newspapers was hilarious.Aftonbladet I think. J'accusse the Swedish ref who broke the hearts of the 60 million strong Irish diaspora.
If the ref had been Somali those Swedish lemmings would be calling the Irish evil racists for complaining.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the irish team are all Irish, although some are first generation English. Unlike the French who are almost all black. Hard to identify with them

Anonymous said...

Eight of the eleven who started against France were born in Ireland.
France looked like an African team.
Hopefully our team will never look like that.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 00:30....Tres hard.

Anonymous said...

Our team WILL look like that in about 20 years.

W Baker said...

Anonymous 22:59 said" Our team WILL look like that in about 20 years."

Maybe they can hold out a few more years if enough dumb Irish lasses stay home and away from SA.

I remember years ago talking to an old SA police officer in a pub who said he had 'airport duty'. Apparently his job was to steer away the Dutch and German young women passengers from the local black males. They got off the plane, he said, and just went after them like they were some exotic creature. They'd never seen a black (or colored) man before!

Anonymous said...

Yes, indeed, Anon 22:59. The "Negroization" of Europe is well underway. Now everyone ask yourselves..."Why is it that the reverse phenomenon, namely, the 'Caucasianization' of Africa not occuring?"

clonycavan said...

Dur fromage.
David O'Leary and Roy Keane were right, 'Get over it!'
It's a game, and there's an element of chance, and sometimes your luck's out, and the ref doesn't see a handball in a goalmouth melee , and you get a moral victory, and one goal defeat, because you didn't kill the game properly earlier on.
And the 'diplomatic incident' stuff... is just our Taoiseach trying to ape others embarassingly.

Anonymous said...

W Baker - they sure see plenty of them now!

kerdasi amaq said...

We failed to score a second goal. That's all.

eh said...

The facts are, Henri did what any footballer would have done,...

Oh come on.