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Uruguay coach slams France

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez believes FIFA should have taken corrective measures to avoid further mistakes like the unpunished handball from Thierry Henry which allowed Les Bleus into the finals at the Republic of Ireland's expense.

Tabarez, who will attempt to mastermind a win over France this evening, refused to be drawn on whether Giovanni Trapattoni's side should be lining out at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town.

However, having watched the DVD of the play-off last November, the 63-year-old has drawn encouragement from the manner in which the Republic frustrated the 1998 world champions.

“FIFA has examined and addressed that issue (the Henry handball) and a decision has been made. I'm not in a position to answer the question, although I do have my own personal opinion,” he said.

“Issues in football have to be addressed from a football point of view.

“If there are mistakes made, measures have to be taken to correct that for future games. If we are talking about whether a team deserves or doesn’t deserve to be here, I can't go into that.”

Tabarez is aware of France's attacking talent, but noted how they had struggled against a well-organised Republic side.

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“We've seen that they have difficulties with teams that have good defenders,” he added. “On the other hand, they never throw in the towel and always push forward. We’ve thought a lot about how to make things difficult for them.”


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