Posted by Paul Grant
JOHANNESBURG -- More cribbing, this time from L'Equipe:
Thierry Henry told L'Equipe that he briefly considered quitting soccer following the furor of his infamous handball that set up William Gallas for the decisive goal that kept Ireland out of the World Cup.
Ireland asked to order the match replayed, a request FIFA denied. But Henry remained the center of scrutiny and said he did think about quitting.
"Yes, for a fraction of a second," Henry said. "But I had already thought about stopping after Euro 2004 when there was all that talk about a supposed conspiracy against [Zinedine] Zidane. I quickly changed my mind. I laugh about it now. I think about how stupid some people were and tell myself that they have a very selective memory."
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