Look out Diego, there’s another cheat in town!
Uruguay’s Luis Suarez said “the ‘Hand Of God’ now belongs to me” after his goal-line handball helped his country reach the World Cup semi-finals.
The striker punched Adiyah’s goal-bound header to deny Ghana what would have proved to be the extra-time winner.
Asamoah Gyan missed the ensuing penalty and Uruguay went on to win a shoot-out.
And referencing Diego Maradona’s goal against England in 1986, Suarez said: “Mine is the real ‘Hand Of God’. I made the save of the tournament.”
While Maradona punched home a goal as Argentina beat England 2-1 in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals, saying it had been scored “a little with the hand of God”, Suarez reacted to push out a certain goal and then watched as Ghana missed the resultant penalty with the last kick of the extra time.
The Ajax striker was sent off for the handball – meaning he will miss the semi-final against the Netherlands – but Fifa’s disciplinary committee is to consider imposing a two-match suspension that would potentially rule him out of the World Cup final.
The governing body’s disciplinary code gives the committee the option of a longer ban for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’, but Suarez insisted he had little option but to use his hand.
“Sometimes in training I play goalkeeper so it was worth it,” the 23-year-old said.
“There was no alternative but for me to do that and when they missed the penalty I thought ‘It is a miracle and we are alive in the tournament’,” added the striker.
“Now we are in the semi-finals although I was very sad because no-one likes to be sent off. (BBC Sport)
Some might look to hide away from the spotlight after such a dastardly, and perhaps unavoidable, act. Not Luis Suarez who is quick to assume the title of the owner of the “Hand of God” which will surely rule him out of more than just one match? It would seem odd that the Ajax man would receive no more of a ban than someone who racked up two bookings in separate games, so if indeed they manage to overturn Holland I would be shocked if he wasn’t ruled out of the final as well.