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Unjust goal makes me ashamed, says Ginola

FORMER Tottenham star David Ginola has called Thierry Henry&rsquo;s handball &ldquo;a pure injustice&rdquo;, admitting the unsavoury episode has left him ashamed to be French.<br /><br />Politicians and press across the Channel roundly condemned the hotly-disputed extra-time goal that broke Irish hearts on Wednesday night. And Ginola, who played for Les Bleus, Spurs, Newcastle and Aston Villa, conceded the manner of World Cup qualification left a bad taste in his mouth.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very embarrassed by the situation. I don&rsquo;t feel very proud to be French this morning,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The Irish played very well and they deserved to go through as much as France, maybe more. This is a pure injustice. Everyone in France says there should be a replay.&rdquo;<br /><br />French politician Philippe De Villiers called on coach Raymond Domenech to express &ldquo;public regret&rdquo; for William Gallas&rsquo;s goal, which was set up by Henry&rsquo;s handball. <br /><br />&ldquo;The moral of this match is that you can cheat as long as you don&rsquo;t get caught,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The France team is going to be labelled for years as a team of cheats.&rdquo;<br /><br />However France midfielder Lassana Diarra was unrepentant, the ex-Portsmouth, Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder saying: &ldquo;Ireland was unlucky in the two games, but we deserve it because of our win in Dublin.&rdquo;<br /><br />Emmanuel Petit, who played alongside Henry for Arsenal and France before retiring in 2005, insisted the controversy should not tarnish the record-breaking striker&rsquo;s legacy.<br /><br />He said: &ldquo;Thierry has done so much in his career and this is a very rare indiscretion.&rdquo;