Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Editor's Viewpoint: Underhanded affair

Was it just the hand of Henry or a more sinister hand that ended the Republic of Ireland's World Cup dreams?

Conspiracy theories abound in the wake of a result gained by blatant cheating. Only a fool would expect professional footballers to show exemplary sportsmanship; winning means too much. But surely the sport's ruling bodies can no longer avoid using available technology to prevent miscarriages of justice. It was not just the Republic's team which lost out in Paris, but also the country's travel agents who would have had a bumper summer with the exodus of Irish fans to South Africa next year.

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