There was a political storm brewing in France this afternoon after it was announced that last week's crucial World Cup qualifying game between France and the Republic of Ireland, which the Frogs won after Thierry Henry had blatantly handled the ball in the build-up to a goal, is to be replayed.
Henry, the former Arsenal player, controlled the ball with his hand before sliding the ball to William Gallas, the Chelsea traitor, who broke Irish hearts and sent them out of the competition.
Now though, in a rather more radical departure from its usual predictable non-action of 'putting its head in the sand', French have been ordered to replay the game next Wednesday behind closed doors, and with another strange proviso involving Henry.
He is to be made to play with his hands tied behind his back to prevent any more indiscretions of the type that led to the Gallas goal. He must also play in a straightjacket.
France today in uproar, and has threatened to pull out of the World Cup altogether, a decision that would be welcomed by everyone in football who has even the slightest understanding of sportsmanship, or an ounce of honesty and fair play in his heart.
Mr Henry stayed silent over the punishment, and has been out on the training ground getting used to his 'new kit'.