Prior to Friday’s match at the ongoing 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Luis Suarez steadfastly refused to accept responsibility for his notorious 2010 handball against Ghana.
In what is likely to be the attacker’s final World Cup, the two will square off on Friday with advancement to the round of 16 on the line at the Al Janoub Stadium. Many soccer fans have refused to forgive the forward.
In the 2010 quarterfinal match between the two countries in South Africa, the former Liverpool and Barcelona attacker incited controversy when he purposefully blocked a goal-bound header from Dominic Adiyah on the goalline.
Asamoah Gyan missed his spot kick, which led to Uruguay winning on penalties and eliminating the final African team from the competition, and the striker was subsequently dismissed; he was then seen rejoicing as he made his way down the tunnel.
Suarez, who has always maintained he did nothing wrong in the incident, was asked if he would apologize to Ghanaians during the pre-game press conference on Thursday. Suarez responded, “I don’t apologize about that, I took the handball, but Ghana player missed the penalty.
“I’d be sorry if I hurt a player or got sent off for this, but I got sent off” (for the handball). I didn’t miss the penalty, so it wasn’t my fault.
You can see the player who missed the penalty; he promised to follow suit.
With a victory on Friday, Ghana will guarantee a top-two finish in Group H, while a draw would be sufficient to advance them to the round of 16.
For Uruguay to have any chance of qualifying, they must win.
At 15:00 GMT, the game is scheduled to begin.