Luis Suarez has spoken for the first time ahead of Uruguay’s World Cup match against Black Stars of Ghana on Friday, December 2.
The controversial footballer stated Ghanaians’ hatred for him is unwarranted after he denied them a goal with his hands during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Speaking to the press ahead of the rematch on Friday, the former Barcelona striker noted that Ghanaians direct their anger at the player who missed the resulting penalty from his handball.
According to him, even though he intentionally prevented Black Stars from scoring by touching the ball with his hand, but Ghanaians should blame the player who missed the penalty, which led to their eviction.
“The first time, I don’t apologise about that. I take the handball – but the Ghana player miss a penalty, not me. Maybe I apologise if I injure a player but in this situation, I take a red card, the ref say penalty, it’s not my fault.”
“I didn’t miss the penalty. It’s not my fault.” It’s 12 years ago. It’s the past. I’ve played againsty Chiellini too, and we shook hands”, Luis Suarez added.
Although Suarez was sent off for his unsporting behavior, Ghana was awarded a penalty, which Asamoah Gyan missed from the spot.
Uruguay eventually won the game 4-2 on penalties, advancing to the World Cup semi-finals at the expense of Ghana.
It’s been 12 years since the game in South Africa, yet Suarez’s antics continue to be vilified by Ghanaians and Africans.
The Uruguay striker, on the other hand, thinks his red card was justified, claiming in his autobiography ‘Crossing the Line’ that Gyan’s miss felt like a goal.
The Black Stars were on the verge of being the first African team to reach the World Cup semi-finals before losing on penalties to Uruguay in 2010.
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