Luis Suarez faces Ghana at World Cup, first time since 1996 “unforgivable”Act


Luis Suarez was the one who handled the ball in Uruguay’s World Cup quarterfinal against Ghana 2010. The two countries are scheduled to meet again at the tournament this year.

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In this year’s World Cup, Uruguay will face Ghana. This is the first meeting between these two countries since Luis Suarez’s controversial handball in 2010.

Suarez (then of Ajax) used his hands in the 120th minutes of the World Cup quarterfinal clash between Ghana, Uruguay, and 2010 to stop a specific goal. Ghana was guaranteed a place at the semi-finals if this goal had been scored.

Suarez was flagged by the referee and sent off. However, Asamoah Gyan did not score the penalty. Uruguay won the shootout in Johannesburg and lost to eventual runners-up Netherlands. Spain won the tournament.

If they had won, Ghana would have been the first African team to reach the semifinals of the competition. It is important to remember that the tournament took place in South Africa. This was the first time Africa hosted a World Cup.

Uruguay and Ghana were able to avoid each others in football until that fateful day. However, they will face off in Qatar on December 2. Suarez is now 35 and will likely be part his country’s squad for this tournament, his fourth World Cup finals.

Talk to BBC SportIn 2020, Hans Sarpei and John Paintsil, both internationals from Ghana, admitted that they “could not forgive”Suarez is responsible for his actions at Johannesburg. Paintsil spent six-years of his career representing West Ham Fulham and Leicester.

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“We were cheated,” said Paintsil. “To clear the ball from the line with your hand – it’s supposed to be a goal… for me, I thought, ‘Last man on the line, touch it with his hand, it’s supposed to be a goal’ – so I was already celebrating that we are through.

“It was a penalty, and I thought it was unfair. I shouted, “No, no, take it to the centre!” [circle]Now, move the ball to its centre.”

Sarpei added: “It was not an accident. He knows exactly what he did. We were crying and suddenly, you see someone who has cheated on us is celebrating. How can I forgive him. Never. Never ever.”

After Gyan’s penalty was not received, Suarez was seen celebrating with Gyan. This also upset the Ghanaians. “At least be a professional, feel the pain,” noted Paintsil. “Just go to your dressing room and celebrate and then nobody will see it.”

Suarez, who has won 19 major trophies in his career, including the Champions League. After leaving Barcelona in 2020, the veteran striker is now playing for Atletico Madrid.

“I will never visit Africa on my own, not anytime soon,”He stated this last December. “After my hand save against Ghana. They were through to the semi-finals if I didn’t use my hands to save my country. Even if I become a coach, I will coach somewhere else, not there.”

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