Cheating has no place in football for the majority of the UK’s football community, a recent Club Website poll can reveal.
In the aftermath of Thierry Henry’s now infamous handball which helped France qualify for the 2010 World Cup, Club Website asked if football was a game to “win at all costs”.
The response suggests a strong moral fibre runs through the football community, with an emphatic 64 percent of responses saying that cheating “can not be condoned” at any level of the game.
A further seven percent said they wouldn’t cheat in their own matches but conceded that the “win at all costs” mentality exists at the top of the game.
Whilst Henry has received much criticism since the incident, many people from within the game have refused to blame the player himself and 29 percent of our users lend further support to his actions, saying that you should do “whatever it takes” to win a game of football, whatever level you play at.
Interestingly, the proportion of respondents who condemned cheating in our poll reduced slowly as the days passed following the incident, which shows how highly passions were running in the wake of France’s qualification on such dubious terms.
Whilst many argue that Henry’s reputation will forever be tainted, the fact is that France will be on the plane to South Africa next summer.
The sense of injustice will remain for some – particularly in Ireland – but, provided he stays fit, Thierry Henry will be strutting his stuff on the biggest stage in football next summer, regardless of how he got there.
And one thing is for sure: the issue of cheating in sport or “winning at all costs” will continue to be debated long after this and many other World Cups, when the “Hand of Henry” will be nothing but a distant memory.
Have your say!
What do you think about the results of our latest poll? Is the result just a knee-jerk reaction to such a high profile incident? Or is keeping a strong moral fibre in football crucial to the future of the game?
Let us know what you think in our comments section below.
Club Website poll result:
Thierry Henry’s blatant handball against Ireland helped France to the World Cup. Is football a game of ‘win at all costs’?
– No. Cheating can’t be condoned at any level of the game. 64.3%
– Yes. You do whatever it takes, no matter what level you play at. 29.1%
– Only in such huge matches at the top of the game. I wouldn’t cheat in my match. 6.6%
Total votes cast: 7,369