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Arsenal boss Wenger wants help for officials

Arsene Wenger believes it is wrong for football referees to be denied the use of technology in the case of clear cut decisions which are missed. France's Thierry Henry's controversially controlled the ball with his hand before crossing for William Gallas to head the decisive strike in Wednesday's play-off second leg in Paris which saw the Republic of Ireland's World Cup dream end.

Football's world governing body FIFA today dismissed the Football Association of Ireland's pleas for a replay.

"Football accepts that a billion people see it, one guy doesn't see it and it is the one who prevails. It cannot work," the 60-year-old Arsenal manager told ArsenalTV.

"We cannot accept that an obvious decision is wrong because we do not want to give ourselves all the needed help we can have in the modern game.

"Being at the game, I saw the referee giving a goal knowing that something was wrong and that is really sad.

"He didn't see it, I can understand, the linesman didn't see it, but they couldn't get any help.

"In the end, he gave a goal, already knowing that it wasn't a goal. We cannot accept that in our sport and you have to do something about it."

Wenger believes there were clear indications - namely the reaction of the players - that Swedish referee Martin Hansson had made the wrong decision.

"For two reasons; first of all Henry didn't celebrate at the start, that gives an indication to the referee, but spontaneously 11 Irish players came to see the referee," added Wenger.

"That doesn't happen if it's not something obvious. You have two, three or four but not 11 and that convinced him to go and see the linesman as well and say 'Listen, I didn't see what happened, can you help me?'

"The linesman as well didn't see it, then what could help him is somebody outside, the fourth official."

Wenger is an advocate for video technology, so long as the referee remains in charge.

"In my opinion the referee should keep control of the game, but when he wants help he has that resource available," he said.

"We cannot sort out all the cases but we have to sort out as many cases as we can."

Frenchman Wenger was dissatisfied with the way his compatriots reached next summer's World Cup finals.

"For the sense of justice it is quite embarrassing to see," he said. "I think even France is embarrassed.

"We didn't play well at all and we won the game and won the qualification with a goal that was not a goal."

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