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Ireland wants an apology, asks Henry?

Frenchman compares Paris handball to Robbie Keane penalty against Georgia.

HE’S UP THERE with Fitzy and Fingers in the hate stakes after that traumatic night in Paris almost a year ago  but – like those others who brought  the country to its knees – Thierry Henry refuses to say sorry.

The then Barcelona man, infamously, handled the ball twice before squaring for William Gallas to score against Ireland in a World Cup qualification play-off in the Stade de France.

Now, just a few weeks shy of the game’s one-year anniversary, the New York Red Bulls striker says he feels no sorrow over his illegal intervention, reports the Irish Examiner.

In an interview with Time magazine, when asked if he felt remorse for his actions, he hit out at Boys in Green skipper Robbie Keane.

‘‘I don’t even have to talk about that anymore. It’s part of the past,’’ said Henry.

It’s almost a year (since) that Robbie Keane got a penalty against Georgia that was never a penalty. Ireland won and nobody cried for Georgia.

The dubious penalty that Keane was awarded actually occurred on February 11, 2009 in Croke Park.

Added the Frenchman:

That’s the way the game is sometimes. You’re on the line, the ball’s going to pass you – unfortunately, it’s a bad reflex: you put out your hand. It goes your way sometimes, sometimes it doesn’t.

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