Henry’s Handball & the Moral Ambiguity of Football

“The ball rebounded to Thierry Henry’s hand, first once and then again. He scooped it gently, and let it fall to his feet. He made a controlled pass to his teammate William Gallas, who scored a much-needed goal against Ireland. The referee didn’t call the handballs (clearly visible in recordings of the match). Henry didn’t ask him to. And Ireland are out of the World Cup. The LA Times is running a poll, asking readers what they think FIFA should ‘do’ about Henry’s handball. It’s a somewhat typical response: there must be one agent responsible for evil, a clear solution to a problem.” (From A Left Wing)

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