By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger insists that any call for a World Cup play-off replay must come from the French Football Federation.
Thierry Henry has come under fire after handling the ball in the build-up to France’s crucial equaliser against Ireland in Paris on Wednesday night. The goal eliminated Ireland from the World Cup and sparked a huge outcry.
Henry himself has called for a replay, admitting that it would be “the fairest solution” and Wenger agrees, insisting that a replay would ensure “justice for sport”.
But the Arsenal boss believes that the responsibility for a re-match – and the credibility of French football - ultimately lies with the FFF.
“I think the French Football Federation has to do that [call for a replay],” said Wenger at his pre-match press conference.
“Henry has done so much for French football that French football has to help him.
“The French manager is part of French football and I think the credibility of France going to the World Cup is depending on that.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 20 Nov 2009