I usually can't stand FIFA. They do my bonce in. Especially the President Sepp Blatter. He is a twat.
For once though I think they have done the right thing by Thierry Henry.
Having said that I've often wondered whether FIFA's reaction would have been the same if an England player did what Thierry did against Ireland. But that is irrelevant.
Had Henry been banned for his handball against Ireland I think it would have been awful for football in general. It would have opened up the biggest can of problems that football has ever seen.
Let's get it right, what Henry did against Ireland was wrong but he is no cheat. I fail to remember him cheating once in an Arsenal shirt and that is not using my usual selective memory.
People have said that he touched the ball twice with his hand. Well, he did. But I'd argue with anyone that the first time the ball met his hand was an accident, the second of course he touched the ball into his path.
Yes, he handballed it, and yes, Ireland suffered, but what Henry did was act on instinct. It was never premeditated. It just happened. And it happened very very fast.
Ask yourself, would you have done the same for your country in Henry's shoes? The man is as fair as they come and as far as I'm concerned he did what anyone would do for their country.
If FIFA had banned Henry then every single refereeing decision could be questioned because someone could have got away with something they shouldn't have. Football would be fucked.
Throw-ins, free-kicks, offsides, everything would be scrutinised. Football would become unbearable.
There are always losers in football as a result for something happening like this. Unfortunately it has happened to the Republic of Ireland but these things could happen to anyone.
Thierry Henry is no cheat and some Ireland fans won't agree with me but I thoroughly believe that FIFA have done the right thing for a change.
Keep it Goonerish...........