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Republic legend Brady happy French are out of World Cup

By Steven Beacom

Published 23/06/2010

Thierry Henry controls the ball with his hand during the build up to France's goal in Paris
Thierry Henry controls the ball with his hand during the build up to France's goal in Paris
France captain Thierry Henry controls the ball with his hand during the build up to the controversial goal in Paris

What goes around comes around. That was the view amongst Republic of Ireland fans today following France’s World Cup exit.

The French ended their chaotic campaign yesterday with a 2-1 defeat to hosts South Africa and flew home in disgrace after an embarrassing series of rows involving the players, the French Football Federation and coach Raymond Domenech, who has now left his job.

Republic supporters will say the French should not have been in South Africa in the first place after Thierry Henry cheated their team in the World Cup play-off.

Henry infamously handled the ball in the second leg in Paris leading to the goal that ended the Republic’s dreams.

Now he and the rest of his arrogant team-mates are set to face the wrath of a nation, feeling disgusted and angry at the antics of the players, who on one occasion refused to train and had striker Nicolas Anelka sent home.

Former Republic assistant boss Liam Brady said: “I am very pleased it has ended up that way. I thought they got there in the wrong fashion.

“The circumstances in which they beat us . . . well, it has all been well documented hasn't it?

“As well as playing badly, they've behaved badly and they come home in disgrace really. And the French Federation, it is a huge embarrassment to them.

“It was evident that the French, even that night (last November), were in a bad, bad way.”

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