Charlize Theron pulls Ireland out at the World Cup draw, FIFA suits start sweating

Posted by - December 4, 2009 - International, Oddballs

Actress’ Henry gag

Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron has got Sepp Blatter and co hot under the collar as she prepares to host the World Cup draw later today. She was taking part in a rehearsal mock draw yesterday and pulled an ‘Ireland’ ball out of the hat.

Theron’s long-term partner, actor Stuart Townsend, is Irish and had presumably had some input to the plan to add a bogus ball for his home nation. The gag was not only a pop at Thierry Henry’s handball, but also at Blatter’s response to the FAI’s request to be included in the draw.

“Yes, she did, but it was only a joke,” FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said, attempting to conceal the throbbing vein on his forehead.

We suspect security will be hoping Theron doesn’t turn up in an outfit with big, baggy sleeves. Otherwise Luxembourg could still be in with a chance.

The draw is live on the BBC at 5.15pm.