Neville defends Henry over handball
"To label Henry a cheat is wrong," Neville wrote in his regular column in Malta's Sunday Times.
"Everyone who has played football will know that when the ball comes up at your side, your arm can come out instinctively.
"We have all done things in football matches in the heat of the moment that we have regretted later. The referee has to spot these things."
FIFA rejected Ireland's request for a replay after Henry's actions helped France to get a 2-1 aggregate win and reach the World Cup finals in South Africa next year.