World Cup - World stunned by Ireland exit
More reaction from Ireland's controversial World Cup exit after Thierry Henry's handball helped France to an extra-time victory.
Swedes apologise for 'insult to Irish nation'
Blundering Swedish referee Martin Hansson has been condemned in his homeland.
Hansson's blunder - and Henry's dishonesty - were the major talking points afterwards but Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet laid the blame squarely at the official's door.
"There are approximately 80 million Irishmen around the world," one of the paper's writers said. "We guarantee they all feel pretty bad today.
"But I sincerely hope there are three Swedes that feel even worse.
"They are Martin Hansson and (referee's assistants) Stefan Wittberg and Fredrik Nilsson."
They concluded by adding: "There will be no World Cup for Ireland and I assume that Team Hansson has also forfeited its right to continue to take charge of major international matches. Anything else would be a further insult to the Irish nation."
Gillette stick by under-fire Henry
Razor manufacturers Gillette will not replace Henry in their advertising despite the French forward's controversial actions in Paris.
"Gillette is aware of what happened last night in the World Cup play-off game," said a spokesman.
"This is not going to affect our relationship with Thierry Henry."
McAteer demands extra officials and video technology
Former Republic of Ireland international Jason McAteer believes France's controversial extra-time goal has proven that additional officials are needed behind each goal.
"The fourth official behind the goal would have seen the handball," McAteer told Sky Sports News.
"That would have solved the problem. There's always going to be human error but the referees do need assistance. There's (also) diving that we are talking about at the minute... I think another referee behind the goal is a good idea."
'The Beast' wades in with support for Irish
Burnley goalkeeper Brian 'The Beast' Jensen was outraged not just by Henry's handball but also by his lack of remorse.
"Henry is saying he is an honest guy but to get away with murder like that... you can't justify it," said the Dane.
"I'm not even going to hold back. He didn't do it on purpose... blah blah blah - he put it down to his right foot.
"He didn't do it on purpose? My a***. I won't say the word cheats - but I said it (on this occasion).
"I feel sad for the Irish because they deserved to go through," added the keeper.
"That is the worst France team I have seen in a long time. Over the two legs Ireland were the best by a mile."
Bookie refunds losing bets
Bookmakers Paddy Power and William Hill are refunding lost bets made by punters who backed the Republic of Ireland to qualify.
Paddy Power is refunding £100,000 of bets, while William Hill admitted that their gesture will cost them "a five-figure sum".
Henry damages Irish economy
Ireland's failure to make the World Cup finals in South Africa will cost the nation's economy.
"The cost to the Irish economy of not participating in the tournament will run into millions of pounds," said Henk Potts, financial analyst for Barclays Stockbrokers, citing hits to bars, restaurants and shops.
"Retailers will lose out in terms of numbers of sales, the leisure industry will lose out in terms of the numbers of people going to pubs and bars, the supermarkets would have expected an increase in certain products sold in preparation for matches, and the bookmakers would expect a lot more activity if Ireland were taking part," he added.
"What we saw happen yesterday was not only a blow to the Ireland team in terms of the World Cup but also to the Irish economy at a time when it has already taken a major blow."