The Hand of Frog

Posted on November 19, 2009 by  

With Ireland reeling from “Le Hand of God” or “The Hand of Frog” bookie Paddy Power have issued a whole host of special bets on the man who will forever be known as “cheating Thierry.”

Unfortunately for Irish fans and Justice Minister Dermot Ahern, the likelihood of justice prevailing look slim with odds of 33/1 the match gets replayed.

The man who sent his country to next summer’s World Cup with an outrageous handball in Paris last night is 125/1 to score with his hand in South Africa, 200/1 to take his new found ability to use both hands and feet and sign for a Gaelic football team in Ireland, and 2000/1 Henry links up with another handy footballer Diego Maradona to form a professional handball team.

Other Henry bets on offer include 8/11 the striker comes clean with an admission of guilt in a future autobiography, 7/2 Henry personally apologises to the people of Ireland and 100/1 that Henry’s next commercial endorsement is for Nivea hand cream.

Surely it has got to be time for some form of video ref, 21st century and all that.

Bobby, What’s the French for Schadenfreude?

Having qualified in the worst way possible will it be a case of what goes around comes around for Henry and the French? It’s 100/1 that Henry suffers a case of Schadenfreude and misses the World Cup due to a broken hand, 80/1 he is sent off for deliberate handball in the tournament and 250/1 that France themselves are knocked out of next summer’s World cup by a handball.

Paddy Power himself said: “The handball that broke the hearts of our nation has united football – even French people think we were robbed!  What’s the French for ‘ch-ch-cheat’ Thierry?

“The odds of 33/1 for a replay should probably have a zero on the end but Irish punters are seriously backing it as possibly their last hope for justice.”

Paddy Power Irish Refund
Paddy Power also offered a small crumb of comfort to its thousands of patriotic punters last night by refunding over £110,000 to those who backed Ireland to qualify for next years Finals. The bookie also refunding a further £115,000 as part of their Money-Back Special offer on the game which promised to refund bets placed on the match if Ireland won the game in 90-minutes.

Thierry Henry Specials
8/11      To admit in his autobiography that the handball was intentional 8/11
80/1      Henry to be sent off for deliberate handball at the World Cup
125/1    Henry to score with his hand at the World Cup
500/1    Henry to score direct with his hand against England in the World Cup
100/1    Henry to miss the World Cup with a broken hand
7/2        Henry to say sorry to the Irish people
40/1      Henry to personally apologies to Taoiseach in Dublin
300/1    Henry to buy an NBA franchise
200/1    Henry signs for a Gaelic football team
2000/1  Henry to be GAA Gaelic football player of the year
2000/1  Henry to be GAA handball player of the year
2000/1  Thierry & Diego to form a professional handball team
100/1    Henry to sign as a hand model for Nivea hand cream

Other Specials
250/1    French to be knocked out by a hand ball at the World Cup
5/1        TV referee to be implemented for World Cup Finals
33/1      Match to be replayed
28/1      Michel Platini to publicly praise Henry
100/1    French world cup song to be a re-make of Ottawan’s “Hands up, Baby Hands Up”
80/1      McDonalds to rename French Fries as Freedom Fries in Ireland
25/1      Irish to boycott Gillette

7/4        Ireland to beat France in the Six Nations rugby

Will Trapattoni manage Ireland’s Euro 2012 qualifying campaign?
2/9        Yes
3/1        No


A rush of requests from patriotic punters has promoted Ireland’s biggest bookmaker Paddy Power to reinstall Ireland in their outright betting for the 2010 World Cup.

The Boys in Green have been reinstated at odds of 1,000/1 to win next year’s tournament with Paddy Power which is based on the French Football Federation agreeing to replay last Wednesday’s controversial qualifier, Ireland beating France and qualifying for the World Cup and then going on to win it.

Over 500 bets have been placed with Paddy Power on a replay taking place forcing the bookie to slash their odds from 66/1 to 12/1 with a potential payout in excess of €25,000 should the dream replay take place.

Paddy Power said “Punters still believe that miracles can happen.  Not only are they backing the replay but now they’re getting stuck into Ireland to win the World Cup.  With belief and support like this maybe, just maybe, miracles can happen. C’mon Ireland!”

Ireland World Cup Specials

12/1        France vs Ireland match to be replayed (from 66/1)
125/1      France vs Ireland match to be replayed and Ireland to qualify
1000/1    Match to be replayed, Ireland to qualify and go on to win World Cup

2010 World Cup
Outright Betting

9/2         Spain
5/1         Brazil
6/1         England
9/1         Argentina
12/1       Germany
14/1       Holland
14/1       Italy
15/1       France
18/1       Portugal
1,000/1   Ireland

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