The Uruguayan striker’s controversial handball incident from 12 years ago cost the Black Stars an extra-time goal in a World Cup quarter-final tie.
Luis Suarez has said that he does not feel the need to apologize for his handball against Ghana in the 2010 World Cup.
In a quarter-final clash 12 years ago between Uruguay and Ghana, Suarez was sent off for handling the ball on the goal line to deny an extra-time winner for Dominic Adiyiah. He then wildly celebrated as Asamoah Gyan smashed his penalty kick off the bar. Uruguay later beat Ghana 4-2 on penalties after finishing 1-1 to progress to the semi-finals.
Suarez will now face the West African side for only the second time in his career on Friday.
“I don’t apologize for that,” he said in a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
“I did the handball, but the Ghana player missed a penalty, not me. Maybe I could apologize if I injured the player, but in this situation I was sent off, the ref said penalty – it’s not my fault, because I didn’t miss the penalty. It’s not my responsibility to score the penalty.”
Revenge is not a concern
While some people may feel Ghana will want to prove a point against Suarez and Uruguay, the former played down this suggestion, pointing out that the 2010 incident was a long time ago.
“I haven’t thought about this. I don’t know what people are saying or if they want revenge,” the 35-year-old said.
“The players who might play tomorrow might’ve been eight years old back then, will they be motivated? Some people might call me the Devil. We beat Portugal in 2018, have you heard Portuguese people saying they needed revenge because we lost?”
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