DUBLIN – Ireland appealed to France and FIFA on Thursday to replay their World Cup playoff after an obvious hand ball by Thierry Henry set up the deciding goal.
Ireland’s government and soccer association asked for Wednesday’s 1-1 draw in the second leg to be replayed. France advanced to next year’s World Cup in South Africa 2-1 on total goals.
FIFA said it received Ireland’s request for a replay, though it was unclear if the governing body of soccer would seriously consider it.
Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni called the prospect of a rematch “impossible.” Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen said he would “have a chat about it” with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels.
FIFA declined to comment on Ireland’s protests but pointed to its rule forbidding second-guessing of on-field decisions by referees.