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Holland defender Ooijer: It was handball

Holland defender Andre Ooijer has reportedly admitted that he handled a shot from France striker Thierry Henry in their Euro 2008 Group C clash.

The Blackburn Rovers defender is quoted on the website of Dutch magazine Sportweek as saying that the French should have been awarded a penalty in the incident.

Had referee Herbert Fandel ruled against Ooijer, it would have given France the chance to bring the scores level at 1-1, in a match they eventually capitulated in to lose 4-1.

Ooijer told Sportweek: "There should have been a penalty from Thierry Henry's shot.

"I stopped the ball with my hand.

"Without that there would have certainly been a goal."

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