Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra defended Thierry Henry following France’s controversial World Cup playoff victory over Ireland. In typical Evra fashion the former-Monaco player challenged John O’Shea’s Republic side to a replay of the match, which sends France to South Africa and Ireland to the beach. But only on PlayStation!
“Titi does not deserve this. Leave him in peace. Who made the mistake? The referee,” Evra told L’Equipe.
Evra dismissed suggestions that the former-Arsenal striker should have confessed his crime to the Swedish official, who missed the incident in Paris on Wednesday night.
“Frankly, had he done that, I would have told to him, Titi, you betrayed us?,” Evra said, who the offered to replay the match but only in video-game format.
“I’ll replay the game whenever you want – on the PlayStation!”
Meanwhile United ledgend Eric Cantona has added to the chorus of criticism levelled at France coach Raymond Domenech. Cantona, who won 45 caps for France, described the coach as the worst for Les Bleus since Louis XVI. The retired Old Trafford hero also said he would have attacked the handball culprit, if the ball had been on the other foot.
“I think that Raymond Domenech is the worst coach in French football since Louis XVI. If it was up to me, I’d put Laurent Blanc [the Bordeaux manager] in charge of the France team,” Cantona said.
“He continues the season with Bordeaux, he wins the league with Bordeaux and he wins the World Cup! I’m not the only one who thinks that… What shocked me most wasn’t the handball, honestly.
“What shocked me most was that at the end of the match, in front of the television cameras, this player (Henry) went and sat down next to an Irish player to console him, even though he’d screwed them three minutes earlier.
“If I’d been Irish, he wouldn’t have lasted three seconds.”