Soccer fans can get a little wacky about fouls.
CATCH THEM ON a good day, and they’ll not only let you get away with a blatant, violent foul, like Zinedine Zidane’s infamous headbutt, but they’ll name you best player anyway. Catch them on a bad day, and they’ll start calling for your blood.
The second is what’s now happening to Thierry Henry. During a World Cup qualifier against Ireland last week, the French captain committed a handball while setting up a teammate for a goal. Because referee Martin Hansson didn’t see the foul, he had no choice but to allow the goal. As a result, France ended up winning 2-1, and Ireland lost its last chance to qualify for the World Cup.