Thierry Henry is a Big Cheat

5 Jul

‘nother dive from him today to get them into the final, after the dive that broke the deadlock with Spain. Cheating fecker. Normally I support France, but this time I hope Italy absolutely batter them.

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8 Responses to “Thierry Henry is a Big Cheat”

  1. pluit July 5, 2006 at 10:05 pm #

    I’m very disappointed with current world cup referees. Many incidents in the world cup suggest that they don’t support fair play. The biggest one is definitely when Henry dived himself to get a free penalty…… I never could expect a team as highly- respected as France could do the unthinkable cheat of all time. We should have a golden cheat cup that it should go to france/ henry…. what a bad world cup season…..

  2. kaimac July 5, 2006 at 10:16 pm #

    I believe the only way we’re really going to fix the diving problem is with a video ref in the stands. With video replay you’ll be able to make a decision on whether it’s a dive or not within seconds.

  3. Grand Master Thump July 6, 2006 at 10:20 am #

    True but there is some strange irony in how a side that is known for diving get some of their own medicine. I do think the Henry should be rightly castigated for not trying to stay on his feet, but at least there was some contact, Miguel’s farcical falling over affair and consequent screams for a free kick by the entire Portuguese bench is the most blatant of a whole bag full of Portuguese dives. Ronaldo was actually the best player on the pitch last night but in my eyes, and many I neutrals I have talked to, his constantly falling over at the merest whisper of a touch is disgusting.

    On another blog someone pointed out quite rightly that its also down to refs, how many free kicks have been awarded where the player has not gone to ground, if you try to stay on your feet the ref waves for play to continue, so it is now the norm to go to ground when you have been fouled, there is rarely anything to be gained by trying to stay on your feet. If Rooney had keeled over and rolled around on the deck a bit when Carvahlo got rough with him, England would have had a free kick and the night may have been different, he stays on his feet and lost it.

    I fully concur that video evidence is the only effective mechanism to stop this, though I would make it all post match to avoid any interruption in play and even if the ref reports an incident let it be reviewable. Ludicrous that Figo did not get sanctioned for a blatant head butt, because the idiot of ref game him a yellow (too scared to give a Galactico a straight red) and Fifa said because he took action they could not do anything.

    Even though there is a nice romanticism with Zidane playing his last ever game at the WC final, as long as the Italians play like they did against Germany I will cheer them on. Not to mention there is a nice symmetry with the Germans winning the World Cup in Italy and the Italians winning the World Cup in Germany.

  4. rantingbrit July 6, 2006 at 10:32 am #

    I’m beside myself… (which happens to be my favourite position).

    All this does is cheapen the experience of the World Cup. What makes this all the more laughable is that the large TV displays in the stadium show the same feed we see on TV. When we all sit at home and see that a crap decision was made, so do the fans in the stands, and the FIFA officials… and even the players… but still the decision holds, what a crock!

    For years I’ve been fighting the good fight with my really good, but slightly thick American chums. Extolling the deft touch, subtle skill and athleticism that makes football THE beautiful game… this isn’t helping chaps… they’re laughing at me again aaaaaah

    luv ‘n’ hugs RB

  5. kaimac July 6, 2006 at 8:52 pm #

    Thump – agree that Portugal got their just desserts, but until FIFA take action teams will continue to cheat. It’s very very annoying.

    RB – I understand what you’re saying, but I hope there have been enough quality moments to convert at least a couple of American chums? Italy/Germany must have won a few over, surely?

  6. rantingbrit July 6, 2006 at 11:58 pm #

    Unfortunately not…I think the damage was done by the Italy/Germany game, they’d already gone back to pizza and poker.

    I really think that attempting to convert them, or even appealing for intelligent intercourse on the complexities of the game is lost a lost cause… It’s like trying to generate appreciation for a pint of Fullers ESB or any other good real ale when all they really want is to do is sup the anti-freeze they were brought up on… ho hum RB

  7. roach July 7, 2006 at 6:20 am #

    My American colleagues have been emailing me quite regularly about the games, and I was surprised at how many were keeping up with the WC. That said, the most enthusuastic was from Ecuador and in her words she was ‘happy to be playing the big boys’.

  8. brikena July 18, 2006 at 7:51 am #

    HENRY is the best striker of the world he play very good he is magnificent player

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