The Wikipedia page of France and Barcelona striker Thierry Henry has been temporarily protected from editing due to vandalism.

A statement at the top of Henry's page asks users to ‘please discuss any changes on the talk page' and says that they may use the template to ask an administrator to make the edit if it is supported by consensus. Users may also request that this page be unprotected.

Following Henry's handball that led to France's equaliser and their qualification for the 2010 World Cup at the expense of Ireland, Mr Va Va Voom's name has been a trending topic since on Twitter.

The Guardian has reported that disgruntled fans are repeatedly trying to edit Henry's page to include references to cheating, with several pages feeling the ‘Henry effect' with a battle raging over the definition of cheating in sport.

A similar instance occurred earlier this year, when Wikipedia froze the page of director Roman Polanski after an ‘edit war' broke out between contributors after news of the director's detention in Switzerland emerged on a Sunday morning in September.

Then, the Wikipedia forum apparently had a ‘disagreement about whether Polanski's sexual exploitation of a 13-year-old girl in 1977 should be given more prominence than his professional achievements'.

Wikipedia frequently increases the ‘protection' level of particularly controversial entries or biographies of people involved in running news stories, meaning that only its own administrators can make changes.

Interestingly in this case, the Wikipedia pages of several members of the Irish squad and that of the goal scorer, Arsenal defender William Gallas, remains open for editing.