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(No) luck of the Irish

As Nadir Belhadj and Hassan Yebda saw their world cup dreams come true Marc Wilson, although his chances would have been considered 'outsider', were ended last night...

The Pompey man is being tipped to make his Ireland breakthrough fairly soon, some even thought he 'might' have been called-up for the play-off against France - but this was too soon, although it is thought that he will be called-up the next time Ireland play a friendly.

Sadly for the Irish this next friendly will not be in preparation for the world cup, this will merely be in preparation for qualifying for Euro 2012 - but this is something that Wilson could be a part of, as he 'might' have the world cup has Ireland not been 'cheated' out of a place in South Africa?

A creditable 1-1 draw in Paris, after extra-time, was not enough to save them as they lost 2-1 over the two legs - although the highly controversial nature of the winning French goal will leave a sour taste in the mouths of many I am sure. A clear Thierry Henry handball, not once but twice, created the opening for William Gallas to oblige.

No doubt this goal will reopen the 'video technology' debate.

It is at such times like this, and the price that someone pays for the scoring of a goal that should not have been, that the calls get stronger - although until a true 'giant' of the game, or the biggest game around, perhaps a world cup final, is decided by such fortuitous circumstances I would think that the stance on this issue will remain the same by the powers that be...

Alas, with the international friendlies and world cup play-offs now out of the way we close in further still on Pompey's return to action, but will Yebda be fit enough to face Stoke on Sunday?

He was not expected to feature for Algeria but 'recovered' to face Egypt yesterday, but how much of a toll has it taken on him...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 19 2009

Time: 8:05AM

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I feel sorry for the Irish but they could have (should have) scored 3 more goals. Henri has admitted to the handball but if Piqui does the same to secure a win against Stoke will we be complaining?
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19/11/2009 08:27:00

No-one could honestly say that if our player cheated to win and got away with it, we would be gutted. If Piq handled into the net and said "sorry, ref, disallow that winner" I am sure the Pompey fans would have something to say about it! Sport is sport and not ethics. That sounds defeatist and probably upsets people but it's the facts of football life. I feel really sorry for the Irish but you take the rough with the smooth.
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19/11/2009 09:26:00

If one of our strikers had scored after a handball and explained to the referee that it shouldn't stand, I'd be delighted that we had someone like that at our club.
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19/11/2009 09:52:00

he should be banned for 3 games in the world cup ! if he dived to win a penulty they would ban him so whats the difference chestings cheating. plus it is so obvious its delibrate twice.
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19/11/2009 11:35:00

I think you're in a small - if morally superior - minority, Battenberg
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19/11/2009 11:47:00

Battenburg I doubt if the French would have been delighted if Henri had said 'disallow the goal ref'. They're going to South Africa. It would be good if FIFA looked at the replays and banned TH from going.
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19/11/2009 13:15:00

It's not the first, and certainly won't be the last time this sort of incident happens. As for obvious, although unpenalised handballs that have helped us. Our Mark Wilson springs to mind. It was a definite handball but we got away with it.... Phew! the ref didn't see it. What a low-down cheating scumbag I am.
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19/11/2009 14:05:00

tough call, morally you want people to be honest and having people like that in the world makes it a better place, but in reality it is not the case is it and VERY few would do this...

these are things that are 'great' when they go for you but 'shocking' when they go against you.
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19/11/2009 14:53:00

I remember last year Arshavin tried to explain to the ref that there was no contact for a supposed penalty at Fratton Park didn't he? Top player.
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19/11/2009 15:53:00

You're right Battenburg he did, you're right he's a superb player! Lets just put it this way I'm glad none of you lot who say it's ok play Golf, snooker or pool, you'd be lynched if you got caught cheating...If any of you play these sports; is it not a natural instinct to own up even when nobody else has seen it? Thank God there is still honour and dignity in some sports!
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19/11/2009 19:19:00

I just hope the French get villified in South Africa for being cheats and go out at the first round. But Ireland have been calling for a reply - you can't open that door, we'd be replying half the matches every week, and nobody would EVER get Ferguson to shut up!
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19/11/2009 19:49:00

It is a sickener for the Irish but I don't think you can open the door for replays. Even Sean St Ledger said "if it had been one of our team we'd have probably done the same."
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19/11/2009 22:25:00

And I love how Roy Keane has been his sensitive and tactful self again.
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20/11/2009 21:24:00


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