Thierry Henry could miss the start of next summer’s World Cup finals after Fifa said his infamous handball will be referred to its disciplinary committee.
The French striker was criticised following the controversial win over the Republic of Ireland in last month’s play-off match.
The 32-year-old could face a ban if he is found guilty of any wrongdoing.
“The disciplinary will open a case on the behaviour of the player Thierry Henry,” said Fifa president Sepp Blatter.
“I have not said that Thierry Henry will be punished, I have said that Thierry Henry will be examined by the disciplinary committee of Fifa.
“This is a matter of the disciplinary committee and it’s not a question of this player or another – it was a blatant unfair playing and was shown all around the world, but I don’t know what the outcome will be.”
Blatter reminded players should realise that the eyes of the world will be on them next summer.
“I appeal to all the players and coaches to observe this fair play,” he added. “In 2010 we want to prove that football is more than just kicking a ball but has social and cultural value.
“So we ask the players ‘please observe fair play’ so they will be an example to the rest of the world.”