Morning Ticker: Henry backs calls for replay, Beckham battles ankle injury and more

Morning Ticker: Henry backs calls for replay, Beckham battles ankle injury and more

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Morning Ticker: Henry backs calls for replay, Beckham battles ankle injury and more

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Thierry Henry (AP)

Thierry Henry has backed calls for a replay of the Ireland-France World Cup playoff he helped decide with his now infamous handball, even though FIFA has already rejected a request for a replay.

"Naturally I feel embarrassed at the way that we won and feel extremely sorry for the Irish who definitely deserve to be in South Africa," said Henry. "Of course the fairest solution would be to replay the game but it is not in my control.''

FIFA already rejected the calls for a replay, citing the Laws of the Game, which clearly state that all decisions made by match officials are final.

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BECKHAM BATTLES ANKLE INJURY AHEAD OF MLS CUP

LA Galaxy star David Beckham looks set to play in Sunday's MLS Cup final, but he'll battle through pain to do so.

Beckham took part in his first practice of the week on Thursday as he battles an ankle injury suffered in the Galaxy's Western Conference final victory against Houston.

Beckham and the Galaxy arrived in Seattle on Thursday night ahead of Sunday's MLS Cup Final vs. Real Salt Lake.

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