Articles tagged ‘Thierry Henry’

Shay Given has our sympathy but FIFA and UEFA need to offer more

20th November 2009

The failure of the officials to spot Thierry Henry’s handball has condemned Shay Given and his teammates to miss out on the World Cup Finals in South Africa. Will this high profile case finally provoke FIFA and UEFA into using video replays? We probably shouldn’t hold our breath.

While the tidal wave of blame has engulfed Thierry Henry and the match officials, shouldn’t it also be falling on the game’s governors for their failure to embrace technology years ago. Rugby did it with video replays of tries. Cricket did it with Hawkeye. Why can’t football let match officials have access to the same technology as a SKY pundit?

Why did Mark Hughes fly to Barcelona on Saturday?

3rd November 2009

One of the more curious items of news this weekend was that Mark Hughes flew to Spain to watch Barcelona play Osasuna on Saturday evening – the night before City played Birmingham. Needless to say, speculation about his intentions has varied wildly.

Initially there was the inevitable talk of the trip being related to a transfer for Robinho, but this would make little sense. Any discussion of such a transfer could be done by executives of the clubs and would hardly require Hughes to make a personal trip to Spain the night before a match. The reason is far more likely to be a scouting mission of possible transfer targets.

Robinho: Will he stay or will he go?

16th October 2009

This week has seen the clearest indication yet that Robinho wouldn’t say no to a move to Barcelona. Hardly a revelation, but what are the chances of it happening, and would City really be better off? Here we take a look at the possibilities.