Now Thierry is a liar as well as a cheat

What a ghastly way to start my day.

I’m sitting there with my first cup of tea at 8.35 a.m. and he came on my TV screen.

The mediagenic Thierry Henry, a truly gifted superstar of the soundbite, stands in the Mixed Zone after the match and says, “I did handle the ball but I didn’t do it on purpose.”


So Thierry Henry is a liar as well as a cheat. Last night I felt rage and disgust I haven’t felt since Maradona in 1986. I didn’t know football could still make me so angry.

Thierry, your cheating has touched something deep in me, so deep I thought it had died. I didn’t know I could still feel such rage and disgust.

Thierry, you are a sickening cheat and a shameless liar. You’re a disgrace to the sport that’s made you a multi-millionaire. You’re a bottler who has never scored in a final in your entire life and you make me sick. You moaned to French reporters, telling them Zidane had never given you a pass you had scored from. You’re so narcissistic that you’ll never understand why you are unloved by French football fans. You were the worst  Arsenal captain in the club’s modern history. The day Wenger sold you, I jumped for joy. Literally, I jumped across the room, punching the air. You care about nothing but your owns stats and your own legacy and this is now your legacy. Last night is your legacy. You’ll be remembered as a cheat.

In those two games, in Dublin and Paris, you did nothing helpful, nothing valuable to your team, nothing memorable, except cheat to get the goal that allowed France to qualify for the World Cup.

You think you’re so clever, saying: “It was a handball, but I’m not the ref. The ball hit my arm, fell in front of me and I played it. The ref allowed it. That’s a question you should ask him.”

Well done, Thierry. You juggled the ball with your left arm, and then with your left hand, you deliberately handled the ball twice, in extra time of a World Cup play-off – but  the Swedish ref cheated Ireland, so it’s OK ?

I don’t say that because I’m half-Irish.

Who does not agree with Trapattoni’s assistant Liam Brady, who said of the Irish team, “They really deserved to win, on the 120 minutes, they really deserved to win. It’s a shameful day for football, really, when something like that happens.”