LUIS SUAREZ RESPONDS TO JOURNALIST WHO SAYS HE’S CONSIDERED ‘THE DEVIL HIMSELF’ IN GHANA
Luis Suarez was told in a press conference on Thursday that he’s considered to be “the devil himself” in Ghana following his infamous handball during the 2010 World Cup.
The Uruguayan forward was sent off at the end of extra-time in the World Cup quarter-finals 12 years ago for stopping a certain goal with his hands on the goal-line.
Suarez was in tears as he left the pitch, while Ghana’s players celebrated. They suddenly had a golden opportunity to seal their place in the World Cup semi-finals.
Asamoah Gyan stepped up and saw his shot crash off the crossbar.
Suarez, who watched on from the sidelines, celebrated wildly as he headed down the tunnel.
It will always be one of the most dramatic incidents in World Cup history.
Twelve years later and Suarez is now preparing to go head-to-head with Ghana once more.
Uruguay take on the African nation in their third and final Group H match on Friday.
Suarez told he’s considered ‘the devil himself’ in Ghana
Ahead of the match, a journalist said to Suarez that he’s considered “the devil himself” in Ghana for his actions in 2010.
The journalist added that Ghanaians are “looking forward to retiring” him.
Suarez, however, was emphatic with his response.
“I don’t apologise about that because I took the handball, but the Ghana player missed the penalty. Not me,” he said, per The Mirror.
“I’d apologise if I injured a player or took a red card for this, but I took a red card (for the handball), the ref said ‘penalty’. It wasn’t my fault because I didn’t miss the penalty.
“You see the player who missed the penalty, he said he would do the same on this situation.”
What else was said in the press conference?
Per the Mail’s Ian Herbert, Ghana manager Otto Addo had the following to say about Suarez’s handball: “It’s about perspective. If the same incident happened the other way around, Uruguay would say ‘it’s normal.’ This is what I would want of any player of mine – to sacrifice and take a red card.”