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STANCE: Henry Leads soccer fans in tackiling racism

Leaning forward from the edge of his chair in a swanky London hotel room, Thierry Henry speaks with his elbows propped on his knees. His hands continually move as he seeks to convey an urgency at odds with his naturally soft voice. Wearing an untucked black-and-white T shirt over faded jeans, his friendly, easygoing warmth contrasts with the utterly incandescent football that helped power the French national team to years of brilliant, exciting success in international competition. He's also led his London club, Arsenal, to a spree of league and cup titles. Now Henry is using that power in a different...

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