Ghana's No. 1

'Hand of the Devil' Suarez taunts Ghana and Africans over handball

Published on: 05 July 2010

Uruguay striker Luiz Suarez is laughing at the misfortune he caused Ghana and Africa at the World Cup quarter final, insisting that cheating pays.

Suarez was given a straight red card for saving a goalbound-header on the line in extra-time, but Ghana missed the resulting penalty and Uruguay went through to the semi-final after winning a shoot-out.

Sadly Fifa has refused to further ban Suarez meaning he will not miss the rest of the tournament following his handball against Ghana.

The striker will definitely be suspended for the semi-final, and his post-match comments taunted Ghanaians and Africans in the manner in which the game was lost.

He evoked memories of Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal against England in the 1986 World Cup finals.

Suarez said: "The 'Hand of God' now belongs to me. Mine is the real 'Hand Of God'. I made the best save of the tournament. Sometimes in training I play as a goalkeeper so it was worth it.

"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'.

Suarez added: "Now we are in the semi-finals although I was very sad because no-one likes to be sent off.

"The celebration afterwards was impressive, but very quiet because nobody gave us a chance but, with courage, we move forward."

Fifa’s disciplinary committee decided against increasing the one-match ban which could have caused the Ajax player to miss the final or third-place play-off.

Suarez was given a straight red card for saving a goalbound-header on the line in extra-time, but Ghana missed the resulting penalty and  Uruguay went through to the semi-final after winning a shoot-out.

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