Who can forget Henry’s handball that gave France the World Cup berth over Ireland? Maybe not as egregious as other handballs, the no call meant France and Ireland didn’t face the lottery of penalty kicks. Much of Ireland and the rest of the world justifiably heaped scorn on France for reaching the South Africa in this fashion.
There’s got to be a certain amount of schadenfreude at today’s meltdown of the French team. First team captain Patrice Evra stayed on the bus and argued with Coach Domenech, while the rest of the team waited and the trainer (Robert Duverne) started setting up cones for the workout. Then Evra went to the Duverne, and there was another fight. Duverne quit the team and French Federation, throwing away his credentials.
Domenech has come under criticism for this coaching in the past, but I don’t recall seeing a meltdown of this nature in the past. France already had a difficult mountain to climb if they were going to reach the second round; I don’t see what’s left of France accomplishing that task. So France is most likely going home, and will probably end up rebuilding for Euro 2012, while Irish fans wonder if their team could have performed better on the pitch, because it is certain they would have performed better off.