Extra time in Paris

Where in the 90 minutes Ireland scored the away goal required to level the aggregate score in the World Cup qualifier against France. Full Time France 0 – 1 Ireland (agg 1-1). Live [radio] coverage here. Update A blatant hand-ball by Henri in 1st period of extra time, but the goal is given. France 1 – 1 Ireland (agg 2 – 1) And That’s how it ends. “A travesty in Paris”. Adds The Guardian’s coverage includes this quote from Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern – “Millions of people worldwide saw it was a blatant double handball – not to mention a double offside – and we should put the powers that be in the cosy world of Fifa on the spot and demand a replay.” More According to the BBC report – “The Football Association of Ireland has lodged a complaint with Fifa asking for their World Cup play-off against France to be replayed.” But Republic manager Giovanni Trapattoni does not expect a replay, “When a referee decides a game has finished I know it is impossible to replay the game”. Indeed. Finally Must read Mark Devenport.

Following swiftly on from the Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern’s demand for a replay, the Strangford intervention will surely tip the balance with Sepp Blatter.