Republic of Ireland to play France in Paris friendly

William Gallas scored a controversial objective for France the final time the Republic of Ireland performed in Paris

The Republic of Ireland are to play France in a world friendly on the Stade de France on 28 May.

It will probably be their first match towards the French in Paris for the reason that Thierry Henry handball incident throughout a World Cup qualifier in 2009.

The nations final met in the final 16 stage of Euro 2016 in Lyon with France profitable 1-Zero on their manner to the ultimate which they misplaced to Portugal.

France will use the May fixture as half of their World Cup preparations.

Under coach Didier Deschamps, the French topped Group A in the qualifying marketing campaign.

Martin O’Neill’s aspect failed to qualify for the finals in Russia, dropping to Denmark in the play-offs.

The 2009 Henry handball incident induced uproar in Irish soccer circles and it later emerged that Fifa paid the Football Association of Ireland 5m euros to keep away from a authorized case over the matter.

France had gained the primary leg in Dublin 1-Zero, however in the return match Robbie Keane scored to stage the tie general.

The Republic have been 16 minutes away from a penalty shootout when Henry dealt with in the build-up to William Gallas’s extra-time objective which gave France a 2-1 combination win.

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