World Cup 2010 - Bookie to ignore Henry's goals

Eurosport - Sat, 27 Mar 09:18:00 2010

An online bookmaker is to discount all goals scored by Thierry Henry in the World Cup in protest at the 'Hand of Gaul' incident that saw France qualify at the expense of Ireland.

2009 France-Ireland Henry handball - 0

Henry used his hand to control the ball in setting up William Gallas's winner in their play-off at the Stade de France.

Ireland appealed the result and Barcelona striker Henry was apologetic, but the football authorities refused to allow either a rematch or Ireland to take part in the finals as a 33rd team.

Now online gambling firm Bodog are refusing to acknowledge all strikes attributed to Henry in the tournament this summer.

"I want to enjoy the World Cup, and the only way I can do that is if Thierry Henry is no longer part of it," Bodog's European managing director Keith McDonnell is quoted in the Daily Telegraph.

"He has already ruined my World Cup, and I want to make sure he can do no more damage."

That means, for example, if you back a draw in a game involving France and Henry nets the only goal of the game, you will win the bet.

The same applies to top goalscorer and all other bets where he can have an influence.

However the company will still pay out on Henry's goals if they mean you win a bet.


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