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Top 2010 World Cup controversies

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HENRY’S HANDBALL: Thierry Henry’s handball during a qualifier match last November gave France the edge over Ireland and advanced Les Bleues into the World Cup. In what is now called "Le Hand of God," Mr. Henry, a striker for the French team, tapped the ball twice with his hand before passing it (with his foot) to fellow French player William Gallas. Mr. Gallas scored, France tied the game, and because of an earlier victory over the Irish, won the contest. The incident morphed into a full-blown diplomatic row, with Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen calling on French President Nicolas Sarkozy to organize a rematch. Mr. Sarkozy declined, but he did apologize. Henry is seen here during a World Cup Group A match between Uruguay and France in Cape Town on June 11.

PHOTO: Julie Jacobson/AP

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