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Self-Refereeing -- Players are responsible for their own foul and line calls. Players resolve their own disputes.
LONDON — Thierry Henry denied Friday that he was a cheat but said the "fairest solution" would be to replay the France-Ireland World Cup playoff that was decided by his hand ball.
Henry set up the deciding goal for William Gallas by controlling the ball with his hand in Wednesday's 1-1 draw at the Stade de France. The goal in extra time gave France a spot in next year's World Cup with a 2-1 aggregate victory over Ireland after two legs of the playoffs.
"Of course the fairest solution would be to replay the game but it is not in my control," Henry said in a a statement.
Earlier Friday, world governing body FIFA rejected a request by the Football Association of Ireland for the game to be replayed.
Henry admitted he handled the ball and felt embarrassed at how France qualified for the World Cup at the expense of Ireland.
"I have said at the time and I will say again that yes I handled the ball," he said in the statement issued to British media. "I am not a cheat and never have been. It was an instinctive reaction to a ball that was coming extremely fast in a crowded penalty area."
"I have never denied that the ball was controlled with my hand," Henry said. "I told the Irish players, the referee and the media this after the game."
The Barcelona striker expressed sympathy for the Irish.
"Naturally, I feel embarrassed at the way that we won and feel extremely sorry for the Irish who definitely deserve to be in South Africa," he said. "There is little more I can do apart from admit that the ball had contact with my hand leading up to our equalizing goal and I feel very sorry for the Irish," he said.
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