France Defeats Ireland on a Controversial Missed Call

Matt TitmanCorrespondent INovember 18, 2009

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 14:  France forward  Thierry Henry races towards goal during the FIFA 2010 World Cup Qualifier play off first leg between Republic of Ireland and France at Croke Park   on November 14, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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The full-time whistle has been silent for about 15 minutes now, but the nations of France and Ireland won't be quiet for some time yet.

The French, of course will be partying, narrowly qualifying for South Africa next summer. Anelka and Gallas' goals were just enough to pip a game Ireland squad.

The Irish, however, will be screaming long into the night about a lack of justice on the eventual series-winning goal by Gallas. Giovanni Trapattoni has done great work on a side with such limited resources and came oh-so-close to the big dance.

But due to a blatant handball missed by both the referee and his linesman, the Emerald Isle will once again be only spectators to the World Cup.

But, lets give the Irish credit; soccer/football is definitely a minor sport in Ireland behind the Gaelic Games and rugby union, but Trapattoni has done great things since taking over from Steve Staunton.

Unfortunately, they'll be sitting around until qualifiers for the next Euros start up.

Despite winning, is there a single person who believes Domenech is the right man for France?

First he couldn't deliver at Euro '08, now his side barely sneak into the World Cup. He was rightfully booed by the French fans at halftime and his decision to not play Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema must be questioned.

But the biggest question that must be addressed is the 800 lb gorilla in the room; instant replay and its place in football.

Clearly, Henry handled the ball before his pass to Gallas, no doubt about that, but is instant replay a viable option?

My main concern is for the speed of the game. In both forms of rugby, tries can be deliberated for multiple minutes before decisions come out; is having a TMO really the best option?

I love to see fair, well-played games, and the team that plays better should win the match. Maybe we will see a sort of instant replay similar to rugby, as this would be the fairest option.

But people, especially old people (FIFA and its delegates), are afraid of changing and live by the mantra of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

Here's to hoping for a much needed fix.