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Republic of Ireland's manager Giovanni Trapattoni
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The Irish News, Friday November 20 2009: Trap not confident of replay

Giovanni Trapattoni last night backed the FAI’s demand for a replay against World Cup play-off opponents France but was pessimistic about the outcome.

The Republic of Ireland manager hoped that pressure would be brought to bear on France and FIFA, but was more hopeful about the future following William Gallas’s illegal goal in Paris on Wednesday night.

“I don’t know if France can [offer a replay],” said Trapattoni.

“But it is FIFA who must clarify whether it is possible or not. It is a difficult situation. It is not only France, it’s also FIFA. Maybe we can change the rules, but obviously I don’t believe this will happen, but I hope for the future that things will change."

Trapattoni, whose Italy team was hard done by during the 2002 World Cup finals, would like to see video replays being used for controversial incidents.

“I think this is good pressure on FIFA. We need to change these old rules. There is great interest around football. In society, things change. I think football has to change too."

He added: “Football loses credibility. It’s about establishing a new era. There are so many interests around football, commercial interests.”


1961: The shortest British title fight on record took place in Nottingham. Defending lightweight champion Dave Charnley knocked out David Hughes 40 seconds into the first round of their title fight.

1971: Ted MacDougall scored nine goals for Bournemouth in the first round of the FA Cup against Margate - the most scored by a player in the competition proper in a single match.

1982: A record 15 footballers were sent off, 12 in FA Cup matches and three in the league.

2000: Former Hearts boss Jim Jefferies was appointed as the new manager of Premiership strugglers Bradford.

2012: Former England midfielder David Beckham announced he would end his six-year stay at the Los Angeles Galaxy after December's MLS Cup.

2014: Four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel signed a three-year deal with Ferrari with the team confirming the exit of two-time champion Fernando Alonso.

2015: Eddie Jones was confirmed as England's first ever overseas head coach in rugby union. The Australian agreed a four-year deal, starting in December.

2015: Jos Buttler scored England's fastest one-day international century off 46 balls in the 84-run win over Pakistan in fourth ODI in Dubai. England won the series 3-1.

2016: Andy Murray ensured he would remain world number one into 2017 with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Novak Djokovic at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

2018: British sprinter Nigel Levine was banned for four years after he failed a drugs test in November 2017.



Tim Harvey (motor racing) - 1992 British Touring Car champion, born 1961.

Dave Watson (soccer) - former Norwich, Everton and England defender who also went on to manage Tranmere, born 1961.

Stuart Ripley (soccer) - former Middlesbrough, Blackburn, Southampton and England winger, born 1967.

Neil Hodgson (motor cycling) - 2003 World Superbike champion and former British title winner, born 1973.

Carlos Boozer (basketball) - now retired two-time NBA all-star forward and member of the USA's gold medal-winning team at the 2008 Olympics, born 1981.

Nathan Lyon (cricket) - Australia spinner, born 1987.

Dusan Tadic (soccer) - Serbia and Ajax midfielder, formerly with Southampton, born 1988.

Anthony Knockaert (soccer) - French winger, currently playing for Fulham on loan from Brighton, born 1991.



1. Which country hosted the 1978 Fifa World Cup?

2. Who succeeded Pádraig Ó Caoimh as secretary-general of the GAA in 1964?

3. In which year did the legendary Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh make his first broadcast on RTÉ?

4. What two athletics events did Sebastian Coe win Olympic medals in?

5. What city do the Bruins NHL team play their home games in?

(See answers below)



Today (Wednesday, November 20)

CRICKET: New Zealand v England, day one of the first Test - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 2100; Australia v Pakistan, day one of the first Test - BT Sport 2 2345.

TENNIS: Davis Cup, Great Britain v Holland - Eurosport 1 1000, Croatia v Spain - Eurosport 1 1700.

SOCCER: FA Cup, Darlington v Walsall - BT Sport 1 1915.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Dallas Mavericks v Golden State Warriors - Sky Sports Arena 0030 (Thurs).

Tomorrow (Thursday, November 21)

CRICKET: New Zealand v England, day two of the first Test - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 2130; Australia v Pakistan, day two of the first Test - BT Sport 2 2345.

TENNIS: Davis Cup, Great Britain v Kazakhstan - Eurosport 1 1000; quarter-final, TBC v TBC - Eurosport 1 1700.

GOLF: European Tour, DP World Tour Championship - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Golf 0700; PGA Tour, The RSM Classic - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Golf 1415; LPGA, CME Group Tour Championship - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Golf 1800.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Milwaukee Bucks v Portland Trail Blazers - Sky Sports Arena 0100 (Fri).

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Argentina 2. Seán Ó Síocháin; 3. 1949; 4. 800 and 1500 metres; 5. Boston.

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