Henry Cheated But So Did Sheva And Gerrard…

By M. B. Zaidi

Thankyou all for your comments on the Henry play acting incident, and as most have said lets no go to into it…however just to clarify for all you Chelski and Sp*rs fans that seem to have nothing better to do than ATTEMPT to terrorise arsenal websites…let me say this on Henry:

Henry DID hold his face…and he DID cheat in that sense…just to clarify that up. BUT Puyol was clearly running in his path and not even looking at the ball, that is as bad as holding your face after getting a foul, or at least is bad as it is…if Puyol hadn’t done the act in the first place, Henrys repercussions wouldn’t have occurred.

It was quite BRILLIANT to see in the studio afterwards seeing the studio guests saying “He is a great player but that was unnecessary and was cheating that needs to be clamped down on..”

BUT YET…the same British media (Even if it is ITV or BBC doesn’t matter to me)…seem to say it was FINE when Gerrard did it in the warm up game before the world cup…IF ANYTHING in a friendly game should it be worth so much to a player like Gerrard to have to BLATENTLY DIVE in the penalty area? Yes Henry held his face stupidly…and it should be said that it shouldn’t happen…BUT why is that when Gerrard DIVED…all THREE of the studio guests (cant remember all of them but definitely one was Ian Wright, think the others were Alan Hansen and Alan Shearer) said “others will do it to us why shouldn’t we do it to”…and Ian Wright was jumping up and down PROTESTING that Steven Gerrard did the right thing….

WHAT HYPOCRICY…because when I put on MOTD on at 11pm it was the same guy who is Theirry’s mate…saying that “I don’t know what he is doing there”…GET IT WRIGHT…ok please excuse my lame excuse for a pun…but you get the point I hope…

Henry held his face like he was doing an impression of Rivaldo in the last world cup…Sheva hurdled over..won a penalty that wasn’t and then sent Ukraine into the next round…AND GERRARD…please don’t get me started again it hurts my chest…

Still want to enjoy the World cup but I have promised myself I will put my TV on mute next time I watch a football match on the BBC/ITV…Have a nice day…

  • Anonymous

    Gerrard’s wasnt a dive. He left his trailing foot so that the defender would catch him.

    What Henry did was blatant like Rivaldo did in the last world cup. There was no need to do that.

    If Puyol did that Henry would have been the first one to condemn him.

    Tehseen.

  • Anonymous

    You are right. Loads of Hypocracy. I support Chelsea. I do not advocate diving. Drogba has Hand Balled, Robben has dived. Chelsea were pilloried. Gerrard dives it in the game. Man Ure Divers and its in the game. At least play on an even field if Henry is a Cheat so are half the attacking players in the Prem. Why not accept it as the Argies do a good way to get one over on the opposition. Simple our fair mindedness which means we can cheat but don’t cheat against us.

  • ArsenalReview.com

    Sorry mate but Gerrards WAS a dive…even the most biast commentators in the world admitted it but said “O WELL” to it…and yes I did say about Henry cheating, but that isnt what I am talking about, the basis of this article is the inconsistancy shown by the media…

    Gerrards was a blatant dive like any other, he didnt even get touched

  • Anonymous

    Henry was trying to get the bloke sent off should be band for one game.

  • tony

    I agree Gerrard didnt dive he caught his leg. I think henry dived because of the champ league experience where he thought barca players were playacting all the time. Ithink he saw it as payback time. cant condone that but I suppose you can see why he did it.

  • Anonymous

    What terry henry did was feign injury as if he had been elbowed in the face, and tried to get puyol sent off, which is probaly one of the most unsportsman things to do, what gerrard did was try to win a penalty which he did, and not once did he ask for that player to be sent off, unlike va va voom henry.

  • Anonymous

    nobody is a bigger cheat in this game than Joe Cole
    enuff said.

  • Anonymous

    Absolute nonsense. Gerrard was playing for the penalty and that is called cheating.. end of discussion.

    What amazes me is that you British love to jump on the bandwagon by vindicating foreigh players for diving when your own English are no better, just look at Joe Cole, Gerrard, Owen (Argentina game) and Linekar (Cameroon game).

    Face it the whole world cheats, Thierry is no better or worse than others. Just look at Figo the other night he went down like he was struck by a wooden pole, funny no one is mentioning his name or Deco who is a serial diver and then there`s good old Drogba and lovely Robben.

    Puyol is a very intelligent defender that knows how to defend at the highest level and he committed a foul knowing that it would have been a blatant free kick whether Thieryy play acted or not. Rivaldo got a player sent off but to kick a ball at an opponent with agression is in itself a sending off offence.

    You brits need to chill out a bit and stop being so predantic.

    Regards (Italy supporter) and yes we have cheats and disgraceful players too.

  • Aragonese

    Gerrard dived to avoid a frontal clash, Henry raced from behind to get the foul or a reaction from Puyol.

    You should read the Spanish newspapers to see what they had to say.

    Henry is Wenger’s pupil – condemns what others do to them but what they do to others it’s all ok.

    Whatever Henry’s intention, refs will be on the lookout for him and would probably be penalised even if it isn’t his fault from now on.

  • Anonymous

    Henry is an absolute disgrace to the game of football, fancy falling to the ground in front of millions of viewers around the world holding his face when he hasnt even been touched, i think he has sour grapes over losing the european cup to puyol, what a big baby, and a sore loser.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Italy supporter, the Owen penalty against Argentina was given by Collina……

    Collina said afterwards,’I never saw Owen fall without being fouled, when I whistled the penalty I was 100% sure’.

    What about the rigorino (small penalty) against Australia???????????????

  • Anonymous

    Yes I already said we have cheats and disgraceful players too and yes against Australia we cheated.
    as did over 10 players in the Holland v Portugal game.

    But I can tell you one thing for sure this incident is not the last cheating we have seen in the world cup so either shut your traps andd turn of your tv or enjoy the big event and accept that there are players that will go to any degree to help thier respective countries.

    Regards Italy to win….

  • Anonymous

    Right on..every1 cheats..and so be it..but dun turn ard and call others names when u blatantly do that too…if u cheat..then keep a lid on it. cos when u start pointing fingers at others and go on and on abt how others cheat..it makes u look cheap too. so admit that henry’s a cheat..but cheap too..always tryin to act as if he’s a class act when he’s jus one of those…

  • Anonymous

    Right on..every1 cheats..and so be it..but dun turn ard and call others names when u blatantly do that too…if u cheat..then keep a lid on it. cos when u start pointing fingers at others and go on and on abt how others cheat..it makes u look cheap too. so admit that henry’s a cheat..but cheap too..always tryin to act as if he’s a class act when he’s jus one of those…

  • Anonymous

    TERRY HENRY IS A CHEATING FRENCH W*$NKER! AN ABSOLUTE DISGRACE TO THE RENAULT BRAND!

  • Anonymous

    TERRY HENRY IS A CHEATING FRENCH W*$NKER! AN ABSOLUTE DISGRACE TO THE RENAULT BRAND!

  • Anonymous

    The reason Henry was put under the microscope is because of what he said after the Champions League Final – I don’t cheat, I don’t dive, I’m not a girl.

    Henry claimed the moral high ground, something people connected to Arsenal seem fond of doing, and was then exposed as a hypocrite. It’s no big deal, Puyol did foul Henry, but not in the face. The squirming justifications that came out afterwards were just embarrassing – I was in pain, so I held my face. Utter drivel Thierry.

    As the man said above; Arsenal love to point out faults in others, but are very reticent about admitting their own failings.

  • Anonymous

    Henry didnt dive he was fouled. Even BBC and ITV said that. Holding his face is another issue

  • Anonymous

    Gerrard did dive yes. But when he did it, he didnt get hit on his foot and then go down holding his arm. Henry is an absolute disgrace, just as bad as Rivaldo. I had so much respect for the man, but now I have none.

  • Anonymous

    as a liverpool fan gerrard dived… you can call it professionalism or whatever you like but the contact wasn’t enough to make him go down.
    Henry has (in my experience) never been within a million miles of being a cheat and to me he was one of the few players in the world who could carry off that accolade. He was trying to get puyol sent off. Whether it was afters from the final where puyol gave him a kick or two is irrelevant. It was cheating, and a sad sight in the same league as that rivaldo incident.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a Liverpool fan and was disgraced at Gerrard’s dive as much as I was about Henry’s bout of play acting. I think FIFA should take a stronger position on it and red card the infringing players. I’m sure that after a few red cards, players would think twice about falling down.

    Its unfortunate that members of every team do it. Don’t think for a second that whichever team you follow isn’t as guilty as the next. No matter who it is, it needs to stop.

  • Anonymous

    The Gerrard “Dive” and the Henry “clutching of face” are completely different crimes. When Gerrard dived, he did it knowing that a player was lunging into him with both feet with studs showing. He did it to win a penalty nothing more. He did not feign injury.

    Henry on the other hand clutched his face as if he was elbowed in the face. To me that is why everybody is having a go at him. If he fell without too much contact to win the free-kick nobody would care. Henry tried to get Puyol sent-off by feigning injury.

  • Anonymous

    Terrible! Henry is a cheat just like most Arsenal players. Gerrard on the other hand is a “GOD” and can do no wrong.

  • Anonymous

    It amazes me that nobody seems to see the real issue here, which is referees!! Refs have made it profitable to cheat but not be honest. Henry made it clear after the champions league final that he intended to cheat from now on & I fully back him on that because then you get the decisions. All players are at it including english players, gerrard continually dives to win panalties & has been booked for liverpool on at least 2 occasions for such an offense, but the punishment of a yellow card is not as great as the possible reward which is getting a player sent off so you play 10 men or winning an undeserved penalty. Other english players to have committed clear dives this season include John Terry against barcelona to win a penalty, swp against newcastle to get a player sent off & other players like ashley cole go down at the slightest touch & he used to dive when no-one was near him. Anyone wanting proof of just how much honest players are punished just watch the arsenal v southampton fa cup final from a few years ago. In the first few minutes of that game henry got clean through only to have a defender grab his shirt and try his hardest to wrestle him to the ground, henry managed to shrug him off but by then the angle was too tight & henry was falling over anyway so the keeper had an easy ball to collect. The correct decision was a sending off for the defender & a penalty to arsenal but because henry tried to do the honest thing he was the one punished & this is just one of so many examples.

    Finally anyone saying ridiculous things about gerrard diving to win a penalty is ok but what henry did is wrong because he wanted a player sent off is talking s**t. Would gerrard still have dived if that player who tackled him had been the last man?? Of course he would so therefore playacting like that is even more likely to have a player sent off. Cheating is cheating its either accepted or its not & if its not then its the governing football bodies that need to sort it out!!

  • Anonymous

    One way of punishing players who cheat is to have FIFA use video jurys to look at events and punish the players for it.

    On the original subject of Henry, I watched the game and saw the replay from the goalside camera. I think Henry pushed his right shoulder into Puyol just before he held his face. Dishonest? yes, but that’s what happens in real life when something matters – like a result in the World Cup.

  • Anonymous

    Seems to me you lot defending henry are only doing so because you are arsenal fans why dont you be honest and admit he did what Rivaldo did and Rivaldo has been getting stick ever since for it. Henry has gone right down in my eyes and this is not about gerrard diving keep that for another day stop trying to defend the indefenceable he is a cheat and the worst kind of one at that

  • Anonymous

    What did Henry get for years of remaining honest? Only more hatred and jealousy.

    He could have got half the Barca team sent off in the Champions League final, the way they were hacking at him. But he chose to stay on his feet.

    And what did he get. He lost the match and was even slammed by the media for apparently saying the same. They called it sour grapes.

    Now, Henry has learnt his lesson. He doesnt care about people’s stupid opinions anymore.

    Ronaldinho is a serial diver. Gerrard has dived on more then one occasion. Rooney has dived. Terry has dived. Joe Cole has done more cheating then I can list here.

    But when Henry does something everyone wants to have a go at him.

    The question is this.

    1.Was Puyol playing for the man or the ball?
    A->He clearly cut across Henry when the ball was already with the leftback. Another unneccesary foul just to shake up Henry.

    2.Would the ref had given a foul if Henry had just manfully taken Puyol’s body barge?
    ->No. As the leftback had the ball, Henry would have just(yet again) been glaring at the ref who would have waved play on. The commentators might have had a go at him anyway for sulking.

    Therin lies the answer on why Henry did what he did.

    Henry is still the most honest player around and most people know that.

  • Anonymous

    What did Henry get for years of remaining honest? Only more hatred and jealousy.

    He could have got half the Barca team sent off in the Champions League final, the way they were hacking at him. But he chose to stay on his feet.

    And what did he get. He lost the match and was even slammed by the media for apparently saying the same. They called it sour grapes.

    Now, Henry has learnt his lesson. He doesnt care about people’s stupid opinions anymore.

    Ronaldinho is a serial diver. Gerrard has dived on more then one occasion. Rooney has dived. Terry has dived. Joe Cole has done more cheating then I can list here.

    But when Henry does something everyone wants to have a go at him.

    The question is this.

    1.Was Puyol playing for the man or the ball?
    A->He clearly cut across Henry when the ball was already with the leftback. Another unneccesary foul just to shake up Henry.

    2.Would the ref had given a foul if Henry had just manfully taken Puyol’s body barge?
    ->No. As the leftback had the ball, Henry would have just(yet again) been glaring at the ref who would have waved play on. The commentators might have had a go at him anyway for sulking.

    Therin lies the answer on why Henry did what he did.

    Henry is still the most honest player around and most people know that.

  • johnboy

    As a CFC fan let me first say that Henry is the BEST forward i have seen since the premiership started.He is a total footballer who in 99% of his games gives his all and plays by the rules.Can we not forgive a rare lapse of sporting behavour after the ammount have players have cheated and tryed to kick him?I think so!
    The FA/FIFA should show some “balls” and deal with these incidents straight after the games and should punish ALL players severely for cheating but also should be able to reduce punishments if the ref has missed something or has made an error.The ref makes a decision in a split second (linesmen don’t seem to help)and so video evidence should be used or otherwise scrapped.
    Come on England.

  • Anonymous

    I think the time has come for video-refereeing … It’s obvious that even the world’s top class referees are not up to spotting the blatant cheating that’s going on at the moment .. so let’s get on and just stamp the whole thing out by examing the evidene …. EASY, REALLY!!!

  • Anonymous

    OK guys a couple of comments here;

    Everybody cheats – but more to the point it’s sickening to listen to the hypocritical English media. I support Chelsea and when there is an incident involving Drogba or Robben the whole world is screaming like a bunch of banchees but if it’s Joe Cole or Lampard or any other English player it’s “Ohh he went down a bit easy there”

    Maradona summed it up beautifully in an interview I saw with him recently – He gave the finger on screen to Shilton re his moaning over the “Hand of God” goal in 1986 – and said you English think you are so noble – so if you had a goal line scramble and Shilton manages to fish the ball back out over the line and gets away with it, would you run up to the ref and say – “Excuse me Mr. Ref it WAS a goal”? Of course you wouldn’t – People will cheat as long as they are being allowed it – regardless of nationality – so stop being hypocrites. After all a major reason that England won the WC in 1966 was due to a goal that subsequent laser technology has proved WASN’T a goal. (I didn’t hear any winging there). The only way this will stop will be with video refs and why shouldn’t we have video refs? It’s done in Rugby – it takes 1 min and its quite exciting waiting for the result. “TRY” or “NO TRY”. It could be done in connection with penalties (i.e. dives etc) and in term of potential off side decisions leading to a goal.

    But the main point is don’t be such hypocrites – everybody does it – and frankly the English media is a disgrace – all of it – from that pathetic excuse of a paper called The Sun to BBC.

    Stop your pathetic winging!!! Ohh and by the way it has also been shown (only in NON English media of course) that Crouch held/pulled the defender by his dreadlocks in the first goal vs. T&T in the 84th minute of that “classy” performance England showed in the T&T match.

    Please! Are we pulling each others hair now? Like school yard children? Pathetic!

  • Anonymous

    Good to see Graham Poll just retired due to his disgraceful performance in the Australia –Croatia game. Giving 3 yellows to the same player before sending him of….. What a disgrace.

  • Anonymous

    What a load of rubbish, there is a difference to diving and what that cheat did, there was absolutely nothing wrong with Puyol so how you can try squirming about him i don’t know. What upset people so much with this is it came after Henry the hypocrites comments after the champs league final. I’m not a girl blah blah. Well what was that you lame excuse for a person.

  • Anonymous

    What a load of rubbish, there is a difference to diving and what that cheat did, there was absolutely nothing wrong with Puyol so how you can try squirming about him i don’t know. What upset people so much with this is it came after Henry the hypocrites comments after the champs league final. I’m not a girl blah blah. Well what was that you lame excuse for a person.

  • Anonymous

    To the muppet who called ronaldinho a serial diver, do you watch football? He never goes down no matter what

  • Anonymous

    To the muppet who called ronaldinho a serial diver, do you watch football? He never goes down no matter what

  • Anonymous

    Diving is the worst form of cheating. Lets understand that at first.

    About the Henry incident. Henry was running at absolutely full speed and Puyol just ran across him. Henry I think expected an elbow on his face and went down holding it.

    He did not roll around and there was nothing premeditated about it as it happened so quickly. Even the commentators thought that Puyol had thrown an elbow at first glance.

    There is a difference between what Rivaldo and Robben did. They both went down when the ball was not in play after they had time to think of what they were doing.

    And Ronaldinho is a serial diver. I have seen him go down a lot of times. He even dived in the CL finals along with his Barca teammates like Deco and Van Bomel.

  • aua

    the annoying thing about this story on henry ‘diving’ (it wasn’t a dive to those idiots who think this it was him feigning an injury) is that things like this happen AT LEAST ONCE EVERY SINGLE MATCH. how many times have free kicks been given because the ball possessor falls to the ground after a simple tackle. EVERY MATCH. watch the next football match you see and you’ll see that at least once an easy free kick is given. players also feign injury all the time such as when a slight headbutt is given (latest eg. figo-van bommel). how ever when a high-profile, foreign player who plays in the premiership does it ie. henry in this case, it is blown out of proportion by the english media. How many people were talking about that van bommel ‘injury’. NONE. yet because it is of a player of henrys stature it is one of the top discussions. it wasnt a moment in henrys glittering career which he should be proud but to keep on going on about this is just over the top. why isn’t it discussed about when he tries to stay up despite a foul. my memory isn’t to clear on this but didnt henry want to carry on the match and stay on his feet when fouled by zebina of juve when zebina was about to recieve a second yellow. did anyone say ‘great sportsmanship’. NO. its ok to discuss this topic but then all events like this should also be discussed. ok then, who thinks van bommel was a cheat by feigning a serious injury when he was only slightly touched by figo? anyone? no i dint think so, he aint a player with a high enough profile. go and watch the world cup and stop blowing things out of proportion. hypocrites………

  • Anonymous

    Henry = cheat
    Robben = cheat
    Gerrard = crafty scouser

  • Scarlet512 (LFC Fan)

    Yeah, everyone has dived but Henry dived and that’s end of story. I always rated Henry as a class player but that move, he really lost a lot of my respect.

  • Anonymous

    Whell the sorryest thing is not that Henry cheeted he is not used to do so. the sorryest thing is when a player treies to stand his ground and he will get nothing for it. that is what is wrong with football. you should c when players are fould but stay on there feet and give them penaltyes or free kicks

  • Steve-o

    Everyone has a point. There are players cheating all over in footbal today.

    I’m a Diehard Arsenal. I don’t deny it.
    But i won’t say i’m biased.

    Forget about hypocrasy, a dive, playacting is all wrong. What i didn’t get is why all you blokes keep on moaning about who is justified a diver or not, getting a player sent off or not.

    So much “Holier than thou” attitude.

    Gerrard can do no wrong? I love that guy but sorry, i can never say he can’t do no wrong.

    Ronaldinho never goes down, no matter what? Excuse me, please watch more primera liga, then proceed to eat your words.

    I hope and wish, but i know it will never happen, that let’s just be fair. Yes, Henry did overreact and play act.
    Yes, its not to be condoned and rightly we can have a go at him.

    Just don’t forget to have a go at YOUR OWN CLUB/TEAM/COUNTRY you support.

    And who says we don’t shake our heads at our own players, go read Arseblog when you can, illiterate wankers.

    Last thing, WHO IS TERRY HENRY?
    Sigh, how much proof that there are so many people who don’t actually watch football but have sooooooo much to say.

  • footyfan

    Monsieur Thiery Henry is getting roasted because:

    1) He advocates so called “game-manship” and fair play.
    2) He critises the refs for not taking action and players for diving (and cheating)when things don’t go his way (Barcelona CL game).

    3) For his smart alleck stunts on the pitch when he fouls someone (banging down players with his shoulder charge) and then goes and points to the linesman and refs with his fingers pointing at his eyes indirectly insulting them that he did no wrong and the officials got it wrong because they are blind.

    4) Follows the Arsenal footballing principle of critisising other players and teams for any wrong doing but fail to see any thing wrong when their team does similar things. Viera, Pires, Ljunberg and Ebadoyor don’t dive but the rest of the world dives.

    Now, back to the issue.Henry did one of the most blatant dives watched by over a couple billion people worldwide watching the World Cup.If it was only viewed by a selected audience(EPL, Primera Liga, Serie A,etc.) I doubt it would be much debate as the viewing is not that high if compared to the World Cup. Furthermore, Thiery Henry has so far put up the image of “holier than thou” and “whiter than white” whenever he plays. Now with him being caught by everyonw with his classic hands clutching his face dive, who wouldn’t condemn him?

    Now Henry has to boil his own soup for all his hypocrisy prior to this. Who can forget him crying like a baby right after the CL Finals condemning the players and officials for their lack of fair play. I’ve never remembered any player on earth bitching like how he did after any major footballing finals ever. At least the rest of the world now know who the real Thiery Henry is, nothing than a beg full of shit. To cheat is one thing, but to condemn cheaters and then to do the same is the lowest you can get.

    For those that have not read any other articles about Henry’s dives, please click the links below. The last link shows a video of Henry’s blatant dive.

    http://sport.independent.co.uk/football/internationals/article1145886.ece

    http://soccerlens.com/arsenal-fans-henry-was-fouled-world-no-he-wasnt

    http://www.caughtoffside.com/?p=336

  • Steve-o

    how clever, just aim your shite at him won’t you.

    clearly not very fair yourself, eh?

    Who’s holier than thou now.

  • Anonymous

    oh well, at least most of the European teams don’t do it as often as Chelsea…

  • Anonymous

    Best gamesmanship ever CL final 1-0 up and walking to take corners,running in to the corners, not giving the ball back, Adeybeyoo? cheating for the free kick…..then bish bosh 2-1 its egg on face time ,then you showed some urgency….W–KERS !!! HA HA

  • Anonymous

    henry was outright cheater so don’t bring other players in the frays trying to hide his misdeeds. maybe arsenal fans couldn’t accept the fact that he is a cheater…. lets face the reality and get on with our life ….

  • Anonymous

    henry was outright cheater so don’t bring other players in the frays trying to hide his misdeeds. maybe arsenal fans couldn’t accept the fact that he is a cheater…. lets face the reality and get on with our life ….

  • Anonymous

    Has Eboue stopped rolling since the CL final? Arsenal are an absolute scurge, constant complaints and blatent cheating. You deserved what you got in the champions league and it showed cheaters don’t always prosper. N Ronaldinho stays on his feet generally until the fourth player kicks him.

    Explain how the Arse justified their complaints after the CL final after what Eboue did. Oh n how you explain the slave trade Venger has going on in Africa

  • Anonymous

    Has Eboue stopped rolling since the CL final? Arsenal are an absolute scurge, constant complaints and blatent cheating. You deserved what you got in the champions league and it showed cheaters don’t always prosper. N Ronaldinho stays on his feet generally until the fourth player kicks him.

    Explain how the Arse justified their complaints after the CL final after what Eboue did. Oh n how you explain the slave trade Venger has going on in Africa