Barcelona forward Luis Suarez
Wednesday Jan 31, 2018. 08:30
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has opened up on the subject of his controversial handball against Ghana in the 2010 World Cup.
The player famously handled Dominic Adiyiah’s goal-bound shot late in a quarterfinal clash in Johannesburg, with the teams locked at 1-1.
Suarez was sent off and a penalty awarded, but Asamoh Gyan missed the spot kick. Uruguay went on to win the tie via post-match penalties and advance into the semifinals, denying the Black Stars the honour of becoming the first African team to advance to the final four of a World Cup.
The Barcelona striker has been involved in several controversial incidents in his career, including racism and biting, but this event is the one remembered with most bile by African football supporters.
Especially as Suarez celebrated wildly on the touchlines when Gyan missed his penalty.
Being interviewed by his club teammate Gerard Pique in The Player's Tribune, Suarez was candid about the incident.
“Yes, the truth is, it was a bit of everything — of being depressed, of being sad, of being sent off,” the Uruguayan explained.
“Because we were going to lose, but if they weren’t scoring that goal we weren’t going to lose, and … well, you get up within 30 seconds when he takes the penalty kick, the satisfaction of … of … well, I took a risk in a situation of which I have been blamed for anti fair play.
“However, the Ghana player missing the penalty is not my fault."
He continued, “I didn’t kick anyone or anything like that, that’s why I think that I celebrated like that, for having taken a risk for something that was worth it.
“And I remember that I celebrated it more than a goal. A teammate on the bench passed out on that play, haha.”