July 3rd, 2010
02:58 PM ET

Can football stamp out the cynical cheating?

Luis Suarez, left, uses his arms to deny Ghana a dramatic late winner on Friday night. (AFP/Getty Images)
Luis Suarez, left, uses his arms to deny Ghana a dramatic late winner on Friday night. (AFP/Getty Images)

Cheating was rewarded in spectacular fashion during Uruguay’s World Cup quarterfinal victory over Ghana, and football should consider changing its rules to stop it happening again.

Down the years, we have seen plenty of players handle the ball to stop it going over the line, but the difference with Luis Suarez’s transgression was its timing.

It was in the dying seconds of extra-time and there was no time for the subsequent red card to affect Uruguay’s chances. If Suarez hadn’t used his hands to block Dominic Adiyiah’s header, Ghana would have become the first African country ever to reach a World Cup semifinal.

Suarez was sent off. Asamoah Gyan missed the resulting spot-kick and Uruguay went on to win the penalty shootout.

In rugby union, if an infringement by the defending team stops a certain try, then it is awarded anyway. The attacking side gets the points on the board, instead of a penalty kick which they might miss.

There is a similar rule in basketball. Maybe football should consider a change too? Looking at the Suarez case, who could argue against the fairness of Ghana being awarded a goal instead of a penalty kick?

The ball was going in. The only thing that stopped it was the Uruguayan’s hand – a part of the body that should never play a part in football, unless you’re the goalkeeper.

Suarez has joked about how he is now his country’s back-up goalie, and there is something a little disturbing about how much he is relishing his role as Uruguay’s hero. Instead, he should feel guilty for being Ghana’s villain and denying them a place in African sporting history.

However, I would not go as far as to say this was the new "Hand of God." Diego Maradona’s cheating in 1986 was cynical. He had time to know that he was doing something illegal, but he did it anyway. Suarez’s handball was far more instinctive. He had almost no time to react.

But he could have been a bit more humble about it - and maybe the International Football Association Board, the sport’s rule-makers, should consider a change when they meet in Wales later this month.

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  1. Yavere

    The punishment for handball is adequate – immediate red card and penalty. There is no such thing as a "sure goal" aswe have seen so many times. The Ghanaian footballer had the incredible chance to score from a penalty and missed it. Tough. Bravo, Uruguay.

    July 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  2. Sergio Gazzo

    Suarez used his hands; Ghana was awarded a penalty shot. They missed it. Timing, fairness have nothing to do with it. There are rules. Soccer is a little diferent than other sports. You can't award goals to who deserve them. There is a say in soccer: " Goals are made, no deserved". Spent a little more of your life enjoying soccer and you will understand soccer is diferent to any other sport. Soccer is humane nature, it's the surviving of the fittest. In nature you make a mistake and it can cost your live. In soccer you miss a penalty shot in last gasp and heaven become hell.

    July 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Reply
  3. rals

    of course not – if they cant score a simple penalty , they don't deserve the point

    July 3, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  4. bjc

    Agree 100%.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  5. Juliette

    STOP rooting for an African nation to make history. They didn't and that's the end of it. Be objective CNN, a goal or a miss of a goal is what it is. Sometimes, goals are made in a silly move deprived of excitement for its spectators and the same applies for preventing one. It is utterly ridiculous of CNN to expect a sportsman to consider another team before his own.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  6. Luke

    It seems you're taking this a bit too personal based on what Ghana 'would have' achieved if it had won. African nations didn't live up to the hype period, no soft spots just because it would have been nice. Suarez, he did a rulebook infringement that awarded a rulebook consequence. You also seem a bit aggravated by how Suarez is being considered a hero, what do you expect? for him and his country to share your morals just because you lost? I thought we were done imposing thoughts on other humans.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  7. Mercedes rueda

    Fixing this particular situation seems straight forward: Let Ghana play and send Uruguay packing home.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  8. Arthur S.

    RE: Rewarding Ghana with a Goal?


    Why not start with FIFA actually being part of the 21st century! They should have the Hawk Eye technology replay for all the goals and offside calls that umpires can't catch or "won´t catch".

    It is true that Ghana was denied a ticket to the semis by a ball that was hit off by Suarez´s hand. However, how many teams "shoudl´ve and could´ve" won if the camera and replay was allowed? Englands 5ft inside the Goal, Tevez 10ft offside goal, and many other calls that could've affected the game in many many ways.

    Tennis players use to argue with the umpire over any ball at any given time during a "hard call", but now with the new rule of Hawk Eye, you rarely see a complaints from any players.....

    Your initiative is good regarding the rules, but technology should be implemented before the rule of "soccer goal tending" – after all Ghana was awarded with a penalty kick.............


    July 3, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  9. mario

    Alex Thomas, it is obvious you know nothing about futbol.
    No doubt you can talk and write about basketball, hockey, american footbal, hamburgers, pop corn, and a few things more, but you never will understand futbol.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  10. Adolfo

    That's ridiculous, it was not cheating in any way shape or form. Saving a goal on the line in exchange for taking the red card and conceding a penalty has always been considered part of the game.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  11. Luis

    I disagree with you Alex. This is part of football and maybe it could be considered cheating but it is't unregalementary. I don´t know much about basketball rules but I've seen a lot of players who commit fouls instead of let the opponetn score a point

    July 3, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  12. Yumil

    I completely agree with the articule. It's shameful to win a game like that.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  13. isaac agbosu

    i thought fifa has a rule that awards such cheating for the opponet..this should be taken seriously since football is growing to a stage you can predict.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  14. Andrian Harsono

    Just like how in rugby they have penalty tries, they should also have penalty goals for football. The ball clearly would have gone for goal if not for his hand and the rules should be changed to allow the referee to award the goal right there and then.

    Now we have come to a situation where under certain circumstances, it's a perfectly acceptable step to stop the ball with your hands i.e. tactical handball. We really don't want to be at that place and this must be stopped. I hope FIFA will consider my proposal.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  15. someone

    it wasn't cheating exactly, and he got what he deserved . The problem was with the player from Ghana which couldn't score a penalty kick, so Uruguay won it fair and square.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  16. Jason M. Ham

    Suarez did not cheat. He did what he needed to do–instinctive or not–to give his team a chance. This is not rugby union or basketball. This is football. He was shown a red card, will miss his chance to play in the semi-finals, and Ghana was awarded a penalty (which they missed)–end of story. To call this cheating is to misunderstand the game of football.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  17. Jason M. Ham

    The rules of football were adhered to perfectly by the officials in this case.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  18. Anton Schmidt

    Dear Mr. Alex Thomas,
    I have to disagree with you that this is not a case of cheating. Cheating is defined as deceiving by trickery or to act dishonestly. A soccer player has the right to touch the ball with his hand, knowing that he will be penalized for his action. Suarez exercised this right. He did not deny that he committed an infraction. Denying it or trying to get away with it would be cheating. In this case, all rules were followed, the penalty was executed. I agree with you that there is a lack of fairness in the game, but no cheating in this case. Sincerely, Anton

    July 3, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  19. kuku411

    Alex have rightly analysed this case.We Ghanaians and for that matter Africans can never forgive Suarez for taking our glory.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  20. H. Everest Wilhelmsen

    The writer of this article (Alex Thomas) is far too forgiving to say "maybe" in regards to the International Football Association Board changing the rules of football (European style). As someone who has never showed an interest in "football" and watching it for the first time with a little interest, I am shocked at the potential for corruption in this game. It is obviously rigged to be corrupt, where referees can make decisions which oppose the facts revealed in photo replays. And then even after referee apologizes the score is not changed. And the blocking of that goal with the hands yesterday is a travesty of justice and sportsmanship. Football is thoroughly corrupted in my book.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  21. Marc

    Although I felt incredibly sorry about the way Ghana had to leave the tournament, this kind of drama, that leaves decades of scars on the national psyche, is part of what soccer is all about. Suarez, broke the rules, accepted the penaly, and Ghana lost its nerve. It's the stuff of history. Many of the people in Holland are now celebrating our revenge over '1994', when Brazil beated us unexpectedly (but fairly).

    This the drama that Blatter is talking about. However, this 'drama' should imho not be mistaken with the drama of a goal attributed incorrectly etc. These kinds of game changing referee errros should be solved through video consultation. But perhaps not in such a game stopping way as it's done in American Football. Perhaps a system such as on Wimbledon with a limited number of challenges. More drama when an incorrect decision cannot be challenged because you have run out of challenges.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  22. Ifeanyi

    This was a very sad outcome, and though I'm not Ghanian it broke my heart.
    TIme for cleaning up football is long overdue before it starts loosing fans.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  23. Mansoor

    By Far, this article is full of flaws (although i am a big supporter of Ghana). Players do what they have to do to increase their team winning chances, and they suffer the consequences of the laws of the game. Does Alex Thomas want to also consider it a goal when the goalkeeper is the last defender and tackles the attacker, what about a wide receiver interfered with in a clear touch down opportunity in American football, what about a fast break in basket call with a flagrant foul, what about a slashing foul with an empty net in Hockey? If Mr. Thomas can cover all these cases in his new rule book for sports, i will read his next article.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  24. Swapnil

    When FIFA does not have rules to give goals when the ball had clearly crossed the line, and does not plan to do anything about that. Do you think anything can be done about this?

    July 3, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  25. Joke Right

    Are you kidding me? I am sorry that I clicked on this stupid article. Hats off for a catchy title. Are you comparing Basketball's goal tending rule to the case at hand? In a game that is shorter than soccer in time the NBA can score as much as 100 times. As much as I hate to say it, I am in favor of instant replay in soccer, but in the NFL you don't give someone a free TD for an infraction. If someone horse collars another player running for a touchdown after he has broken free from the pack you would never write this type of article.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  26. danny

    i think its a shame that Uruguay won on on such negative terms. In the end its just a hollow victory that wasnt truly earned.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  27. C

    Agreed, 100%.
    A red card and penalty are punishment or deterrent enough for any other transgression, but for the rules to deny a certain goal and replace it with maybe-a-goal is daylight robbery.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  28. Michael van Knippenberg

    There is no place for a 'goaltending' rule in football. It is and should be a simple game. If the ball does not cross the line, no goal can be awarded, and that is it. There are few sports in which a referee can be such a deciding factor, we can do without further increasing the referees influence by having him award goals that were never scored. This article seems to be inspired by disappointment about the result of a game. Ghana, however, did not lose because there should have been a goaltending rule, but because their goalkeeper made a mistake in the second half and Gyan missed a penalty in the last seconds. Suarez sacrificing his spot in the semi-finals to give his team a chance of survival may seem cynical or like 'cheating' to some, but is heroic to others. Fouls are part of the game and are used tactically. That is how the sport has been played for over a century.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  29. Fernando

    This is not cheating, in Soccer in that situation, in that part of the field, sticking you arms and hands is the last resort..

    July 3, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  30. Shazz

    ALL Uruguay should be ASHAMED of this picture... Ghana deserved the win thanks to the effort for this would-be Goal...shame shame ...24 yrs after Maradona's Hand of God...

    July 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  31. Pablo Zanocchi

    Uruguay breath football, we live football we born and we are raised with football... Suárez stopped that ball with his heart, and I doubt that there´s a football player in this world that wouldnt have done the same...

    Ghana had it chance on the penalty kick and it missed it. It is not hard to make a goal from the penalty, most of the penalties end up being goal.

    And this is the essence, the breaking point, the most important thing in the whole game and in my analysis. IF YOU DONT HAVE THE COURAGE TO SCORE A GOAL IN THE MINUTE 123 AND BECOME THE FIRST AFRICAN TEAM IN THE SEMIS FINALS, BE A HERO AND ALL THAT, THEN DUDE, YOU DONT DESERVE TO WIN.



    Let the FIFA do whatever the FIFA does... It sucks that people is kinda crying cause the African team is out... Dude, Uruguay is a freaking poor country too...

    Help Africa by donating and bla bla bla, but not by punishing us...

    Thanks, un abrazo y vamos Uruguay,


    July 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  32. Gustavo

    Mr. Thoma:
    Cheating is defined as "the breaking of rules". No rules broken here. The rules are that if you hit the ball with your hand you get penailized. If you do it outside the box = free kick, if you do it in the box = penalty, if you do it in the box and stops the ball from going in and scoring = penalty+red card. That is exactly what happened. There would be aboslutely no discussion on this issue if Ghanna had scored. How is a handball any different from a foul committed in the box by a defender as a last resort because he cannot stop the attacker and there is nothing between the attacker and the net. Are we also going to give the goal then?
    The real solution for some of the issues seen in this cup (and it is not an easy solution) would be instant replay. If we have had instant replay we could all have clearly seen how the free kick that stared this incident was a bad call. There was absolutely no contact but the player from Ghanna was giving it his very best and as tired as he was he fell. Folks have chosen to completely ignore that play. You have difficulty even finding the video because people do not want to face the truth on that bad call.
    It is very dissapointing to see how many folks who know so little about the game are trying to discredit the win by Uruguay. Interesting how the Ghanna players and Coach have not made any such comments. They have more class and understand the game better then you Mr. Thomas.

    July 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  33. JP

    "Dura lex, sed lex". The latin saying that translate as follows: law is hard but it is the law. Agree that in such cases a change on the rules is needed.

    July 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  34. FootballReferee

    Let me make something clear Alex, Suarez did not cheat, he simply used the rules to his advantage by sacrificing his position on the team to help the team advance further. It was a save, ball did not cross the goal line, and as an instinctive player to keep the game alive a reflex save to deny a goal is perfectly justifiable, he got his red card and ghana was offered a better chance, a penalty, to seal the game but failed to do so. Call him a cheat, but that is wrongly accusing a great player.

    July 3, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  35. daniel

    The whole idea of this article is silly, football is a different game, it is an intelligent game that combines power, play, physical stamina and strategy, of which deception plays its part. While it is true that technology can help referees do their job better and should be used, trickery is part of the game, and that hand was strategically brilliant. You cannot a goal that has not occurred. Remember that the situation that led to Suarez "hand of god" started by a wrong fault in favour of the Ghanaians, so who is cheating? So forget it, learn more about football.

    July 3, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  36. Jorge

    Suarez acted by instinct to protect his goal post, there is a penalty for his action, a penalty kick, besides his beign expelleded from the game and missing the next game, he did what a trained football player had to do, and besides that, expecting him as your writer sugests, that he should be sad because Ghana didnt make it to semi finals is completely ridicuolous, and biasased, he is happy and proud, that he helped his team and country, advance, suggesting anything else, and expecting him to be ashamed, is to say it plainly, sheer stupid

    July 3, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  37. Pajo

    This was not cheating. He got red card, penalty, and that's it. Who cares Gana missed it.
    Anyway, there was no foul earlier and Gana's players where in offside.

    July 3, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  38. busuan

    STOP applying rules of OTHER games on football!
    Fooball is the most score-sensitive game; a goal cannot be 'awarded' just because some people may believe so.
    Suck up and learn how to send the ball into the net!!!

    July 3, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  39. Football fan

    Very nicely put. It is indeed a shame that a sport, which puts fair play and attractive football as its pillars (or claims to do so), has gotten this many shameful displays in one single event.

    It's even more embarrassing that the ones in charge seem reluctant to whatever it takes to make the game what it should be. Punish those that corrupt the game (divers, hand balls like this and so one) and make sure that there are options to eliminate all kinds of problem cases.

    The NFL does a wonderful job of this and complaints about the actual decisions are in the end basically non-existant. How fun football could be. (oh, and kick out those assanine rulers at the FIFA)

    July 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  40. Roger

    You just dont't get it!!!! It's like the pass interference at 1 yard line: there is a small chance to save your team!!!

    July 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  41. javier angeles

    this was a play that gve ghana a penalty kick that was misses.
    it is a perfec footplay action. you know in advance that this is the last deffence and that your are gonig to be kicked out of the game, and a penalty kick will be awarded to your oponent. ghana missed the penalty kick and that was their fault.

    July 3, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Reply
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    July 3, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  43. Jessie

    How can people argue about whether or not he cheated? of course he cheated. the only problem is the consequence. if suarez had not handled that ball, it would have been a sure goal. In dire cases like that, a goal should have been awarded. Uruguay haven't proved to be the better team in that game. watch argentina versus germany. that's winning.

    July 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  44. Ivar

    Great article. Everyone has been talking about his unsportsmanlike conduct, like he is the hero of the WC. He took one for the team! Well being part of such a team would make me sick to my stomach. While it's true that his handball was instinctive, there is absolutely no honor in what he did. Unfortunately the weak rules of football rewarded his actions. FIFA will conduct an investigation to determine if he will be banned for more than 1 game. But that won't help Ghana get into the semifinals that they were denied. And in the mean time he is gloating about having claimed the new "Hand of God" title. As long as this kind of action is being rewared, weak people will continue to choose for the easy and dishonorable way out.

    July 3, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  45. fcbsoccer

    The handball was not cheating at all. It was in fact the smartest thing he could do in the moment. The law of the game states that a red card is awarded for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity. Suarez was punished by given a red card so therefore Uruguay was not given an unfair advantage. I don't know whos brilliant idea it was to think he was cheating but it is clearly somebody who does not know the game very well.

    July 3, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  46. TH

    All i can say is that if Uruguay (although highly unlikely) moves on to become champ....this will be the greatest shame in recent sporting history

    July 3, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  47. Ze

    forget about changes, fifa loves cheating ...

    July 3, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  48. Ana María

    I respect the opinion of the writer but we can not compare this sport to any other one. It was fair enough to kick out Suarez but Ghana failed 3 penalties... I guess we should consider Uruguay s victory fair too... And I m sure any other person whould do the same to survive as a team. It was a human reaction.

    As a writer try be more neutral In order to inform the news to everybody not just to be condescending with a group of people.

    July 3, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  49. Doris

    Uruguay should be ashamed of themselves. I can't wait to see the Dutch thrash the cheaters in the semi-final!

    July 3, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Reply
  50. Ze

    and looking at the comments here many fans also love cheating ...

    July 3, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  51. Daniel Brazil

    Contratulations Uruguay!

    Brazil is cheering for Uruguay from now on.

    Suarez´s save was amazing!!! GO URUGUAY!

    Germany x Uruguay in the finals!

    July 3, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  52. jose biller

    The implications that Luis Suarez's handball represents cheating is just offensive and bizarre. The player's reaction was a reaction that most soccer players worldwide would have. This is not cheating ! The Uruguayan team was properly punished with a penalty in extra time. The Uruguayan stroker punished with a red card, and subsequent prevention to play the next game ion the Semi Finals. The fact the Ghanian player missed the penalty is neither cheating nor attributanble to any members of the Uruguayan team.The fact that Ghana missed two penalties, stopped by the Uruguayan goalkeeper is not cheating either.
    Let's be serious !!!

    July 3, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  53. HWB

    I understand the anger of the Suarez situation, but he has acted according to the rules. He has shown a very good winning mentality by anticipating on the consequences of playing with his hands. Instead of losing he kept the chances alive which worked out fine.
    Your proposal seems to be reasonable, however, there will be situations that you could doubt whether it would have been a goal or not. In that event you get new discussions which under the current rules don't exist.

    July 3, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  54. onion

    people! Suarez did not sacrifice ANYTHING! had he not punched that ball away, his team would have lost moments later. along with his team, he'd be on the sideline for semis.

    but he DID punch the ball, and now his entire team goes onto the semis. but the result for him is the same – the sideline. goals win games for a team, not for individuals. the just punishment would be for Team Uruguay to lose.

    it is irrelevant and inadequate to "punish" him with ejection (again, he "suffered" nothing. in the end, his team still reaps the benefit.

    and it is false equivalency to compare a sure-goal to a penalty kick. there was no question that ball was going in. but penalty kicks always carry a risk.

    July 3, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  55. Anne

    It is so amazing the comments made on the topic. Suarez was wrong and for FIFA to be all about fairplay this is just a slap in the face. Additionally you might be setting a bad precedence where other players will feel they have to handle the ball because all they would receive is a red card and a penalty (not a sure goal) as long as their team has a shot to win....shameful of suarez.

    Additionally, nothing is wrong with rooting for Ghana to be the first African nation in a WC semi-finals!!!!

    July 3, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  56. onion

    and what's this about the handball being instinct? he's a professional. he was standing on the goal line. he had enough time to see the ball coming at him. after so many years of soccer, the true instinct is to keep hands down. it takes THOUGHT to stuck up BOTH hands. it was a two-handed, coordinated block folks! more worthy of volleyball than soccer!

    July 3, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  57. Luis

    That's ridiculous! Football is great and passionate because things like this can happen!

    July 3, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  58. Jan

    Who wrote this? The piece starts off with an accusation of "cheating" and in the same sentence calls for a change in the rules!

    The player was playing by the same rules that every other player (on both teams) on the pitch was playing by. How is that considered "cheating"?

    July 3, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  59. Marcus

    Suarez took a calculated risk and did basically the only thing he could do in that situation.

    If Ghana had scored it would be all over for Uruguay, so he took the red card along with the risk that Ghana might score the free kick. What he did was not cheating, he obviously committed a foul but as previous posts have made clear and there are defined penalties for doing what he did (red card + free kick).

    I'm not sure if I agree with Alex Thomas' perspective that
    "[Maradona] had time to know that he was doing something illegal, but he did it anyway. Suarez’s handball was far more instinctive. He had almost no time to react."

    I think Suarez knew exactly what he was doing. I would expect that given the amount of time left in the game when the handball occurred, every player on the Uruguay team knew that they needed to do whatever was necessary to prevent a goal. I see Suarez's actions as far more strategic and calculated than an "instinctive" action.

    He did what he had to to keep his team in the game and took the consequences for committing a foul. It was a smart choice and really his only choice.

    July 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  60. luis cediel

    I do not agree. This is part of football. This action is penalized with red card and penalty. That is fair. Ghana had an incredible chance to win but unfortunately for them the player failed. It was not the Uruguayan player the one that sent them home, it was them alone by failing what they should have never failed.
    Football (soccer) is quite different from other sports (e.g. rugby), so these analogies are not relevant.

    July 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  61. Kwadwo

    Indeed, players should do whatever it takes to enable their team win the game. So guess what, if you think a particular player is a threat to your team winning, go by the rules... go get that player and break both of his legs. The rules say you may get a red card and sit out a couple of games.

    Why not, this is the game of football that we are so proud of.... do whatever it takes to win. Suarez and all you supporting his actions are a disgrace to this sport!

    July 3, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Reply
  62. Raf Rough

    In basketball, it's goaltending, automatic points. Maybe football should include hands. This is cheating. Anyway it's the rule. But still cheating.

    July 3, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  63. Renzo

    To alex and all the people who speaks of Uruguay Cheating, have you really seen the match? the judge cheat on Uruguay almost all the 90 minutes taking yellow cards and letting Ghana play in unfair conditions for Uruguay just becouse Ghana represented all Africa countries and their last possibilities to do history!!! if Ghana didnt won was becouse they were not better!!!.

    Furthermore, the last foul where the hand issue happend was not a foul... DIDN`T EXIST!!! if you see the match again you will realize that Uruguayan player never touch Ghana player... so i think that ghana cheat on Uruguay by buying the judge 90 minutes....

    If you touch the ball with the hand you receive a punishment.. and suarez did take a red card so stop talking garbage about this team becouse they play and win legally FOLLOWING FIFAS RULES!

    AS MAESTRO TABAREZ SAID: "Uruguay is not resposible for Ghana missing the penalty shoot!

    Please Alex and CNN DONT BE CYNICAL!!!!!!

    July 3, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  64. smoque

    the rules of soccer are the reason why it will never be dominant in the U.S. we like sports that have clear rules... and we also like it when the players follow them its soccer he used his hands case closed... not only that the officials basically robbed us twice fu&k soccer!!

    July 3, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  65. just a fan

    The one the Uruguaians and its fans can do, is be humble about it. For Ghana's sake.

    July 3, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  66. wkarpu

    Strongly agree with the article. FIFA should consider changing the rule to award the goal to the affected team, in such circumstances. Such idiots like Suarez should not be allowed to relish on their 'accomplishments'.

    If goal cannot be directly awarded to the opponent, at least they should frame rule to award a max of two penalty kicks in case the first kick is missed. It would be more fair.

    July 3, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  67. Soweto

    It's very interesting to see how the likes of Pablo, Gustavo & Pajo default to the silly argument that those that believe Suarez and Uruguay are CHEATS do not know the rules of soccer. Yes I said soccer and calling it football or futbal does not make you more the expert of its rules. Even worse, to dismiss those that believe some archaic, and frankly unfair soccer rules should be changed as knowing less of the game than you obviously believe you do is quite silly and pathetic. The point others are trying to make is that no matter what the rules are now, or how many other players have done what Suarez did in the past, cheating is cheating; and Suarez is a CHEAT. The fact is, had Suarez not used his hands, the ball was going in – he knew it – but he also knew that penalties are a matter of chance, so he chose the red card & penalty rather than concede a sure goal.

    Therefore for all those claiming that Suarez was only being instinctive, take a hike, he knew exactly what he was doing. See you Tuesday when Holland sends this cheating and disgraceful team hoe – what goes around comes around.

    July 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  68. kinki

    Should have been a goal. You people call penalty kicks easy. Have you ever been on the line of sending the first african team to the semi-finals of the world cup in front of 60,000 people and millions more watching?

    Yea, i didnt think so.

    The play by suarez was dramatic and desperate. He's no genius and he certainly wont be going down in history anywhere else other than Uruguay because this team has one more game in them.

    July 3, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  69. Torsty

    i agree, ghana would have won if the cheater hadnt cheated.

    July 3, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  70. Alex E. Sanango

    There is a rule to using your hands to stop a ball from entering the net, and its punishment is a penalty kick. There is no such thing as a free score in soccer, every score is earned not given. however, I do support the use of technology to review undeserved goals and referee's mistakes: England, USA, Mexico, and now Paraguay.

    July 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  71. Maria Sousa

    Preventing a goal does NOT equal cheating – it equals...
    ... preventing a goal.

    Suarez took a desperate, dramatic attitude to save his team.
    A self-sacrificing attitude (punishment was sure to come) too.
    And most of all: he took a huge risk and gave all he could give.

    That is the BEAUTY of football...

    I cannot understand why one would think of taking that away.
    Football (sorry, soccer) is NOT about mathematics, it is about tragedy, folks.


    (I am not Uruguaian, btw – 🙂

    July 3, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  72. Felix

    Its a shame that Uruguay had their way through a cheating player! They do not deserve to be in that semin finals at all. I fully agree with the article especially seeing Suarez leaping for joy when Gyan missed the penalties. Its a shame and it stinks! period!

    July 3, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  73. Jean Fontan

    Cheat was made yestarday by de referee, the foul commited wasn´t a foul at all and on the play there was an offside by ghanas player (must be 2 players before the ball pas (only was one the goalkeeper was not on the side of the offside) so stop talking about cheats.

    July 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  74. Michael B

    Taking a red to prevent a score. This is text book soccer and great defense. Suarez did what he was supposed to do and so did the ref. It can not be compared to the hand of God (Maradona) or Henry's hand against Ireland, which were both flat out cheating. Had Suarez gotten away with it, we could have a different conversation. He didn't. He got a red card, gave his team a tiny chance of making it, and will now miss the semis. That's a fair price to pay and it's how the rules work. I am all for using a video ref, or two extra refs (as it will happen in 2011 UEFA games) at each end, but this is not the same debate. In this particular case, the rules worked and both the refs and Suarez did what they were supposed to do.

    July 3, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Reply
  75. Kay

    Ghana was supposed to have been awarded the goal because I recorded the whole of the extra-time and it flabaggasted me to see the ball cross the line and Suarez bring it out with his hand. Alex there should have been a red card and allowed the goal.I think this match should be the talking point for FIFA

    July 3, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Reply
  76. Will

    If someone break into a bank and steal cash and is caught and sentence for say 2 years, and come back. What did he do? he stole and forever no matter how you defend it, he is a thief.

    Will you say is the fault of the bank for allowing him to steal maybe becos there was a blackout?

    It is thieves who uses the slightly space to steal. That guy Suarez is a big Cheat and a disgrace to Latin American prestigious football history.

    July 3, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  77. lizbeth

    Uruguay didn't deserve to win. Suarez is a cheater. If you use your hands in football you're cheating. Even worse if its to stop an obvious goal. He's definetely not a hero, far away from it. I can't believe people are actually defending him. Its ridiculous. In that case then all the football players should start stopping the ball with their hands whenever it might be a goal. Then they just get a penalty kick and have a chance that the other team misses the penalty. Let's all use our hands when playing football!!! who cares!!! Absolutely ridiculous!

    July 3, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  78. dario

    Mr. Alex Thomas:
    I am 100 % sure you never played football in your life.
    Maybe you played American Football, and you should be a critic of that sport.
    Only ignorants like you and people from Ghana, should agree with you.
    Otherwise, football fans and football followers know that Uruguay played 100 % under the rules of football.
    And any player from any country that makes what Suarez did, should be treated as a smart and honest player.
    Ghana lost the game.
    And Uruguay won it by kicking the penalties like professionals. That is why Uruguay has been (twice) Champion of The World, and Ghana will never be in semi finals in football history.
    Mr Thomas, keep writing as an American Football reporter, please!!!!

    July 3, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  79. JANE

    Cheating hmmm that means everytime you foul at the end of game to stop a sure basket it is cheating. That means every time you have illegal contact on a receiver in football NFL style football to prevent a td at the end of a game it is cheating. No they are part of the game. So are handballs in Soccer they are part of the game. Ghana had the opportunity for a game winning penalty kick and choked. If they had made it no one would be mentioning cheating. The penalty a red card, missed next game and a penalty kick.

    July 3, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Reply
  80. Piers

    I have to agree with the article 100%! The blatant cheating in the form of diving, feigning injury, trying to get fellow professionals sent from the field of play is a blight on the beautiful game of football! This sort of situation is exactly where the game has gone, down the toilet! The worst part is this player is now some sort of "hero" because he is a cheat!! How is this any different to what Thierry Henry did against Ireland? It cheating plain and simple and must be stopped!

    July 3, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  81. Bauerttes Bawaq

    I am very disappointing in yesterdays match between Ghana and Uruguay's match.I think Fifa has a lot to do about this.There should be a law to the referees so that such will be considered as goal.Because it was just up to the end of time.the player too is supposed to be given a long time bound to prevent cheating.

    July 3, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  82. Will

    This is a disdain to the fair play flag FIFA hang out. Is a shame to FIFA for being so visionless.

    FIFA should have know that there are cheats in latin America and on a fair day they will loss like what have happen to maradonna's team today.

    It is better to loss fairly than to be a winner and be seen as an eternal cheat by the rest of the world. Shame on Uruguay.

    July 3, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  83. Gabriel

    Alex Thomas, please go read the rules of soccer. There was no cheating at all here.

    July 3, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  84. LivinitupinLisbon

    Truly shows Mr. Alex Thomas' ignorance of the game, to call this cheating. Please consult the other good CNN reporters, like Pedro Pinto, I'm sure he can clear this up, if only Mr. Thomas would be willing to open his mind to soccer.

    July 3, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  85. Stefan

    Hey, get it, this is soccer. This is why the whole world, except the US, LOVE this game. Why changing the rules? Just because the US boys might understand the World's greatest game better?
    No – this is our game, this is the World's game – don't change it!
    After almost 50 years still everybody is talking about the Wembley goal – those are moments of soccer, this is what makes this game so special!

    July 3, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  86. Peekay

    If people have conscience and have the game of soccer at heart, they would not gleefuly say that Suarez acted instinctively. Yes he stopped the ball with his hands and the penalty awarded to Ghana was missed. The substamce of the issue is that, a shamless jellyhanded so called super star used a desperate and crude way to rob a team that no one gave a dog's chance to. Wait until it happens to the Uruguayan team in future and you will realise that, fair play is not a slogan but an act.
    Everyone knows who won the match. A goal bound shot, got goal keeper beaten and a player used hands illegally to block it. Thats a shame. We lamented when Thiery deprived Ireland with his hand goal. Look at what happened to the French team. Until FIFA wakes up to this hubris, football continue to loose the other divide who are yet to embrace it.

    July 3, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  87. Andres

    There should have not been a free kick to begin with. The player from Ghana was NOT fouled. So Uruguay should have had possesion of he ball in the final seconds. You miss the point about what soccer is all about.

    July 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  88. James laka

    The referee made the right decision, Ghana had the chance to win the game with the Penalty Kick. Suarez as much as i hate to say this is no different than a player that fouls in the 6 yard box and gets sent off but his team save the resulting penalty...Ghana should not have let gyan take that penalty, but then again, Ghana lost because their players were too casual in taking spot kicks... absolutely pathetic spot kicks.

    July 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  89. Nicolas

    Everyone in the world that grew around futbol understand what happened, and Mr. Alex Thomas perhaps never will. I hope this wonderful sport never change, I hope more Americans get to understand it in the future.

    But this article by Thomas is not worthy of any comment, other than "men you got it all wrong" – and please read and respond all the posted comments; I wonder if you even saw the game or just were assign to write your opinion. For most of the spectators, the game Uruguay – Ghana was the best game so far at the Cup, full of emotions and excitement... So what more can I say... Let be grateful for FIFA so far, for the players, the teams, and for dismiss all the comments than try by any means to Americanize this game.

    July 3, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Reply
  90. Glorynine

    Suarez did not cheat. He instinctively did what he had to do as a last resort to keep Uruguay in the competition, if only for a second longer. Suarez accepted, almost completely without protest, the consequences of his actions, i.e. being thrown out of the game and giving Ghana a penalty shot. The rules of football were followed in that the foul was properly observed by the referees, and the proper penalty was awarded to Ghana. People commit fouls all the time in football, that's why free kicks, yellow and red cards, and penalty kicks exist. Every time somebody commits a foul, do we say that they cheat? No. They have simply committed a foul. If people feel that the rules are unfair, that is a completely different argument. But no rules were broken. And Suarez has a right to feel proud of moving Uruguay forward. People who want to inject sentimental "Africa nation" bs into this argument need to grow up.

    July 3, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  91. Pitu

    Ghana miss chance to win the game. Uruguay don`t put the rules.
    Tuesday Uruguay-Nederlands .

    July 3, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Reply
  92. ph63

    Sir Garfield Sobers, the legendary West Indies cricketer, was interviewed
    following a cricket match many years ago and asked the following question. "Why did you walk off the pitch when the opposing team made no appeal to the umpire that you were caught by the Wicketkeeper?"
    Sobers response .........
    "Because I was out".
    That is one of the reasons the word 'cricket' became synonymous with 'fairplay'.
    Bravo Mr Alex Thomas – you are on the right lines unlike most of the comments following your article.

    July 3, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  93. Evan

    Alex Thomas, you americans know nothing about football.

    July 3, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  94. Hilals

    Alex, Suarez "took the bullet for his team", yes he's a hero he didn't lie or pretend anythinf.

    I'm happy that those Africans are out because Africa 's teams sucked and the african federation was using Ghana as a proof that its teams are great and deserve six spots.

    lets not forget this is a team that wasted its match against australia and lost to Germany.

    July 3, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  95. Gabriel

    Who cares if Ghana lost they deserve to lose and not to win, obviously Uruguay plays better (they didn't miss most of the peneltys) so let's go Uruguay Suarez you rock you and forlan made Uruguay come this far, Uruguay is great team and I hope to see them in the finals

    July 3, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  96. Beejoe

    You guys are not getting it; most of you guys are not dealing with the issues raised by Alex. A red card is supposed to punish the affected player for the ensuing match, and the next match. Unfortunately in this case the match had already come to an end; don't u see the wisdom in what Alex was talking about? Secondly, it is unprofessional for the player to claim to be a hero by this act. don't he feel ashamed? I guess any sane person will be. Alex, was absolute right. Fair-minded and sincere folks will understand his point. South African teams are noted for that; its too bad!!

    July 3, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  97. Gbolagun

    It really saddens me that football has lost its' conscience. For anyone to try to justify the actions of suarez is very appalling. They all need to remember FIFAs' message ( Fairplay). What Suarez did was calculated and a despearate action by a player who knew there was no other way for them to win. This " end justifies the means" attitude of players like suarez, Henry and the likes, is always rewarded by FIFA with a miserable and feeble 1 month Ban or no action at all. All should remember that our children are watching and with all the celebrations, the message it sends to the children is that its' ok to cheat so long as you win. This world Cup was beautifully hosted by South Africa., but the officiating has been a disgrace, there are so many examples. Finally FIFAs' inadquacies as an organising body came to culmination with their statements regarding NIgeria's decision to leave international football. They need to do their homework, the Nigerian Football Federation is so corrupt and this was highlighted in the friendly between North Korea and Nigeria ( when tickets were over sold leading to a stampede) Our President is trying to solve our problems yet rather than support the country's decision ( Yes, a Majority of Nigerians support the Presidents decision), FIFA threatens us. This surely sends the message that FIFA supports corruption. Nigerians have sacrificed a lot for our teams to go out to play. Children are starving and there is porverty everywhere and our NFF returns with just 1 point, to claim they spent billions of Nairia on the World Cup . In Nigeria we have greater priorities.Finally to all those who supported Suarez, all I have to say is "REMEMBER FRANCE, KAMA IS ON ITS WAY!"

    July 3, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  98. Beejoe

    Oh, I mean south American teams.

    July 3, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  99. Jonas

    You don't understand football at all. Deception is part of the game, but this wasn't even about deception. It was about breaking the rules knowing that the referee will see it and to accepting the consequenses. He didn't get away with it, remember? Football should not change, you should.

    July 3, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  100. mGm

    Luis Suarez played heads-up football, saved his team a possible goal and deserves to be Uruguay´s hero. Football is like life and Luis´ desire to win at the cost of the red card within the context is admirable. Hats off to Luis, Paraguay and better luck next time Ghana!

    July 3, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  101. Adrian

    No – you are getting it completely wrong in your misguided attempt to omologate fotball to other sports.

    It is ESPECIALLY what has happened at the 120' in yesterday's game thatmakes football so interesting and passionate and unpredictable.

    The solution is easy: You have to shot in such a way that the opposite players cannot stop your shot, EVEN WITH THEIR HANDS.

    These are the rules, and they are beautiful as they are.

    I would be rather worried about not awarding perfectly ergular goals – there you might have a point.


    July 3, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  102. Lisa

    Suarez should consider leaving South Africa immediately. He is wanted.

    July 3, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  103. Rupert

    The photo says it all. Suarez is not the only Uruguayan with outstretched hands going for the ball. Put in that situation, the only players in the World Cup who would not be using every body part possible to block the ball would be those so untalented, they only got appointed to their nation's teams due to powerful family connections. And FIFA has strict rules against that.

    If you want to make rules to cover this specific situation, I suggest you start with ones that would have reviewed the penalty that set up the shot. At least from my point of view, far from the any of the countries involved, it would have been interesting to see how he could have been both onsides and fouled, when no blue shirts were in the frame.

    July 3, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  104. marcin

    soccer, or football, is for pansies. those aren't men our there on the field, they're bad actors, cheaters, crybabies, drama queens. they fall and roll around pretending to be hurt, holding their faces while peaking out to see if anyone is buying the show they're putting on. it's a shame, these people have no honour. Maradonna, Suarez, the whole French team... i could go on and on.

    July 3, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  105. joker

    Mr.Alex Thomas!

    You shouldn't write about soccer. You should learn more about soccer b4 you write this article. CNN is world leading news and shouldn't post that kind of news.

    July 3, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  106. JL CAN

    As a very good soccer player Suares did the only posible thing that can be done to stop the goal great Job Suares your a great pleayer and u will be remember for ever.

    July 3, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  107. Magnus

    The rules are what they are – and they reward unsportsmanlike conduct, in this case. Uruguay did not win 'fair and square' – they won by stooping to the lowest of the low, the intentional breaking of the rules for a small chance of not being punished as badly as was deserved. Their place in the semi-finals should – and will – forever be marked by an asterisk.

    July 3, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  108. judge

    what ever u said, there is something for sure which is Uruguay has won. as a african i was heartbroken by such a silly save made by Zuarez, ofcourse it was a desicive moment for him to stop ball by any means and who knows may be should the ball flied in, would have costed zuarez's life. HE WAS THE A REAL HERO!

    July 3, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Reply
  109. JL CAN

    There is no sure goal until the ball goes in , and that will never change.Thanks god for the beautifull game.

    July 3, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  110. Alejandro

    Cual engaño?, eso simplemente fue una mano en el area!!!
    El reglamento esta escrito!!!

    What deception?, It simply was a hand in the area!
    The regulation is written!

    July 3, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  111. Klas

    Pity that the almost expected cheating spirit is real and alive in S.America. We in Europe have long complained over the almost complete LACK of respect for rules many of these players display from ESPECIALLY this part of the world.

    Suarez did not cheat , I can get that far ...... But he is an awful PERSON for celebrating this terribly unfair act.

    That S.Americans above justify his action, calling it selfless is highly reminiscent of the overwhelming attitude to racism and injustice in almost ALL these countries.

    This foul approach was evident even in the 1st minute if the Germany Argentina game where de Maria interntionally handled the ball as well as 1 second before Muller's yellow card when Messi intentionally handled the ball. This is why such countries will not progress when breaking rules becomes endemic (which it already is).

    The conquistador spirit lives on but GOODBYE Argentina and I look forward to a whipping of Uruguay by Holland who are the most S.American European team that we have (Robben diving.... etc)

    July 3, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  112. Peter Hunt

    Alex, your arguement in this case is fully justified. However, if it is put in place as you suggested, it may create more problems than solving it. As different teams would come up with different opinion of an attacking ball. I would suggest that certain rules be used on those who deliberately hurt players, espeically star players from other teams, with some dirty tricks such as hitting the head or shoulder with elbow or hurting others with ankle, or blatantly pulling shirt. As those foul techniques are widely used in this World Cup and if the trend is not stopped, football players would have to possess martial arts to be able to finish their game safely.

    July 3, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  113. Fair play - fairytale?

    It is truly sad to witness how 90% of the comments on here defending Suarez come from Latin America (judging, admittedly with some preconceptions, by the names). It makes it fairly clear that people's judgement here is simply a matter of what fits their personal allegiance as opposed to what is right – if it had gone the other way, the same people objecting now would be arguing for the same point.

    I will be at the Uruguay-Holland game in Cape Town on Tuesday, and while before I wouldn't have had a preference, I will be screaming loudly for Holland to beat the undeserving.

    July 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Reply
  114. Sunny Marshall

    The laws of the game are clear, Denying a goal scoring opportunity is an automatic send off. Why should the team be further sanctioned after and penalty kick and a red card have been awarded. FIFA is not going to change the laws of the game for "cheating", its not even cheating in the first place. Suarez committed a tactical foul and the referee sent him off for Denying a goal scoring opportunity and Ghana was awarded a penalty kick. If you go through the FIFA law book you will notice that most if not all of their rules make perfect sense and in the back third you will find what they want you to do in each of those situations. This was a very easy job for the referee and I commend him on his decision.

    July 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  115. gary

    ...soccer,.or football,..is a sham,..it is the only pro sport where FRAUD is used as a tactic,...too bad....because in it's purest form it is beautiful to watch...

    July 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  116. Jesper, Denmark

    If you handle the ball you are sent off. That is not "cheating", that's just the rules. And to the sentence: " Looking at the Suarez case, who could argue against the fairness of Ghana being awarded a goal instead of a penalty kick?". Without knowing CNN's definition of "fair", I think I can. If I do not remember completely wrong, the free kick leading up to the near-goal was awarded on a dive. Getting a goal on a dive does not seem "fair".

    July 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Reply
  117. Daniel


    Suarez was sanctioned with a red card wich was fair.

    Its not his fault Gyan missed the penalty.


    July 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  118. shabana

    In cricket, one of the main jobs of the umpires is to judge if a batsman stopped a ball moving to hit the stumps ( the actual hitting of the ball to the stumps makes a batsman out) by his legs, intentionally or unintentionally. If the ball was going to hit the stumps and was only prevented by a body part, instead of the bat, the batsman is judged out anyway. This is called Leg before wicket. May be football should have Hand before Goal rule.

    July 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Reply
  119. DOMINGO

    Alex, It seems you need to learn a lot about futbol.Please stick to the North American sports.

    July 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Reply
  120. Enrique Moliterno

    Mr. Thomas: you compare rugby to football, one esentially played with hands, the other with feet. How do same sets of rules apply to both? If your reasoning were to be followed, then penalties should never be the means to resolve a World Cup classifying match when when it ends tied after extra time. Maybe assigning points throughout the game to declare a winner after ET? Didn't think so.

    July 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  121. 11palitos

    Klas u are just wiiling for uruguay to go home becouse u are already home. Looser!

    Let football 4 best countries continue the game! watchit thorugh tv!

    July 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Reply
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  123. Rainer

    Ghana did the majority of the so-called "cheating" over the course of the game, and the free kick awarded to Ghana that led to the controversial play should never have been given in the first place. The Ghana player wasn't fouled, but they got a chance to win and blew it.

    July 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Reply
  124. Fanbert

    This is a disgraceful way to win a match, period. Cheaters like this or Maradona make the game less interesting and should be penalized more severely.

    How to solve this scenario is tough though, in this case it was clearly going in, what if it were more ambiguous? There'd be endless debate.

    So many poor game changing calls were made that it's ridiculous not to use available technology.

    July 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  125. R. Hochleitner

    Without any question, the rules must be changed to avoid this and any other kind of cheating. Let us take advantage of 21st century technology..

    July 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Reply
  126. Richard

    A sport that speaks of fair play has a player that intentionally saves a ball that was on its way into the goal. He was not protecting his face.The shot was already taken and the ball was on its way into the goal.. this is not like a player who might foul his appointnent to stop him from taking the shot or the header.. he used his hands.. not hand to push the ball out, the move used by a goalie which he was not. Yes we could argue that Ghana should have scored the resulting penalty, and I would argue that his punishment not be only red card but a ban from international FIFA santioned tournaments. With punishment like that you dont need to change the rules, the players would then be forced to abide by the rules that are already stated.

    July 3, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  127. Gian C

    . The action of the uruguayan player fair or not was legal under the rulesof soccer. And that is one of the reasons why people love and feels passion for soccer. Because of its unpredictability. To take that from soccer will only dimish the amusement, passion and attractiveness of the game.

    I do not agree to necessarily bring rules from other games to soccer. For example , to change the result of this or other action with instant replays will only diminish the game.

    Why? Soccer is the most popular game in the world because its simple.
    For example imagine a kids game with the parents with videocameras to record if a goal or a fault was made. And then discussion with the judges about it. Thats ridiculous. Lets people play and enjoy.

    July 3, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Reply
  128. barrow bubunie

    in short those in FIFA who make the rules and all those who use their hands and cheat in football are fools period.

    July 3, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Reply
  129. Gabriel Kabik

    What an obnoxious argument. "Cheating" is breaking the game by going around the rules and succeeding in the game. The rules, as they are, account for deliberate handballs in the box, and Suarez was caught and given the adequate punishment, AS THE RULES STATE. If, say, he had somehow injected the ball with an electronic device that was controlled by a Wii nunchuk off-field, that would be "cheating". Simply using the rules to play the odds in your favor is called gamesmanship. Don't insult the player for simply having the intelligence and ability to play the rules adequately.

    July 3, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  130. Will

    Oh dear, what a politically correct piece of writing... "first African team to reach the semifinals" so WHAT? Why should we care? Was ANYTHING done not according to the rules in that situation? NO! Suarez was punished according to the rules, he got a red card and will miss the next game. He did it for his team, his country and fan who want to see Urugway compete in the semifinals. Uruguaians should consider him as a hero because he brought his TEAM to the semifinals. Had he not done that, his team would not be in the semis now. Simple. I respect him for what he did.

    July 3, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  131. Football Anonimus

    Let me tell you something... Suarez did not chear, and even if he did, he got punished for it: he was sent off and the game went to a last minute penalty for the other team (the whole game was willing to make Ghana the winner).
    It's not Suarez fault that that player missed his chance of winning the game... therefore, Uruguay farely diserved to win!!

    July 3, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  132. Gonio

    Suares' hand was a stroke of instinctive genius .
    Good for URUGUAY!!!!

    July 4, 2010 at 12:04 am | Reply
  133. Nicolás

    I do not agree.
    This is football, this is Uruguay!!

    July 4, 2010 at 12:13 am | Reply
  134. Luis

    Cheat? Being English but my third language I checked the dictionary to be sure... "2. To violate rules deliberately, as in a game." Looks like OK but on soccer many rules are violates every match and they have three referees to handle that. No "cheat" nor "magic" on it, just part of the game. I suggest you do your homework both about the in game mechanics and your English (yes, I am trying to improve too...)

    July 4, 2010 at 12:30 am | Reply
  135. Ricardo

    This game was awesome.
    Uruguay deserved to win. They scored more penalties than Ghana.
    You complain about something i love about football. Suarez did everything he could to stop the Ghana's goal. They had a chance to score a penalty and Gyan failed to score it, GYAN (not even Muslera) failed it. Nothing in football is awarded/given. Football is about goals, thats when the ball enters the goal NOT when it nearly does.

    July 4, 2010 at 12:37 am | Reply
  136. U ain't much if you ain't dutch

    No. Rules don't have to be changed for this, this is clearly an example of 'taking one for the team'. Suarez did this on purpose, and i can't blame him for that. I would react the same if sneijder did this. This is about keeping your squad in the game. And football just is like this, the nr 1 sport in the world. I'm pro technology-on-the-goalline, but players must have the opportunity to even commit awfull fouls!! And in this case:

    Sorry, bye bye Luis. See you in Amsterdam, soon!! 😀

    July 4, 2010 at 12:40 am | Reply
  137. John Tiffany

    Mr. Thomas,

    Stupid is what stupid does...and, you are one stupid commentator..."Cheating was rewarded in spectacular fashion during Uruguay’s World Cup quarterfinal victory over Ghana, and football should consider changing its rules to stop it happening again" It is clear you have never played the sport of football, for if you had, you certainly would not have made such a silly argument...It was not cheating, but an instinctive action on the part of a brilliant player who did what every other experienced footballer would have done in his position...it's, what footballers are taught...Maradonna's 1986 "Hand of God" against England was cheating; not what Suarez did yesterday...please refrain from any further comments on a game it is obvious you know very little about....I wish you bloody amateurs would leave football alone!

    John Edwards Tiffany
    (Yes, a lifelong footballer)

    July 4, 2010 at 12:46 am | Reply
  138. Maurizio

    Do not forget that the free kick which originated all that mess was from a foul that did not occur. Anyway, in general you have a point. However, it is not wise to change the rules which affect the whole game because it is less efective on the last minute.

    July 4, 2010 at 1:01 am | Reply
  139. Raul

    For soccer people this is not considered cheating and this is something that could happen any time in a game. Anyway this article seems to be written by someone new to soccer but still an interesting point of view.

    July 4, 2010 at 1:04 am | Reply
  140. jv

    this is an example of U.S writers not knowing squat about the sport and pretending to know, .. arent journalist neutral? bah.. non are. in any case, what suarez did is the same as when a basketball player stops another dude on the way to the basket, difference is, in soccer this player gets sent off and in basketball just 2 free throws.

    July 4, 2010 at 1:23 am | Reply
  141. Levi

    To all who are saying Suarez did what he had to do, how would you feel if Ghana came into the next world cup with strikers part-trained to handle the ball ANYTIME they see it approaching the goal line?
    Where will that leave the lovely game of FOOTball? I didn't know FIFA was now allowing striker goalies???

    July 4, 2010 at 1:23 am | Reply
  142. Mike J

    This article on cheating would not have been posted IF Ghana made the penalty kick successfully. The article is illustrating that the Uruguay player Suarez used his hands as a "cheat". But the fact is that there was NO cheat involvement. He used his hands, got the red card, was forced to leave the pitch and resulted a penalty kick from the other team -- this has been happening for 100 years in this sport. The article states, " If Suarez hadn’t used his hands to block Dominic Adiyiah’s header, Ghana would have become the first African country ever to reach a World Cup semifinal." The word "IF" is stated in the statement..... Well, the author could have written instead, "IF Gyan scored 3 goals in regular time, Ghana would have become the first African country ever to reach a World Cup semifinal." This article represents a failing attempt to justify the failure of Ghana to make a penalty kick and reach the semifinals. If the author feels that the event was a "cheat", then maybe he should consider watching other sports rather than putting a blame on the rules of the game because Ghana missed a penalty kick.

    July 4, 2010 at 1:31 am | Reply
  143. John

    You gotta be kidding me. Here is a scenario;

    A striker is one on one with a goalkeeper and he passes through the goalkeeper but just before he was able to score with his shot, he was taken down by the goalkeeper. So what do we do then? just give him the goal anyway because he wanted to score but taken down cynically? There are rules. The ball didn't cross the line, ref gave him a red card. They received a penalty kick and couldn't score. I wonder if you'd wrote this article if they were able score with that penalty.

    Stop finding excuses to make changes in soccer because you think a team "should've or would've" won.

    July 4, 2010 at 1:37 am | Reply
  144. AJ

    He just doesn't understand football...

    July 4, 2010 at 1:37 am | Reply
  145. AleCarrero

    "Cheating was rewarded in spectacular fashion... "
    First of all, you are reporting your opinion as a fact.
    What you are doing sir, in my humble opinion, is that you are cheating, making others believe there was an dishonest attitude and that way trying to influence FIFA to change the rules your way.
    The fact is that Suarez took an unselfish attitude, yes was illegal, and the referee punished him the way is established in "Futbol" rules.

    "he [Suarez] should feel guilty for being Ghana’s villain".
    How dare you sir, tell someone the way he should feel?
    Ghana's villan? C-mon.

    Soccer has a long and rich history, thanks God is different from other sports. Would it be fun if every sport had same rules?

    Mr Alex Thomas it would be nice if you appologize for this unfair and bias articule against Luis Suarez, Uruguay and soccer funs in general.

    July 4, 2010 at 1:41 am | Reply
  146. Mr_Softcutt

    Seriously gents, Ghana missed the penalty. Game over. Uruguay didn't steal anyone's glory. Ghana knocked themselves out of the WC.

    July 4, 2010 at 1:57 am | Reply
  147. Paul

    You really don`t know nothing about football or soccer. this player, luis Suarez was punished with red card and also his team was punished with a penalty kick – maximum penalty –
    This game isn´t fair or not, is just a game. And for that thing is the most beautiful game in the hole world. Take it or leave it.

    July 4, 2010 at 2:37 am | Reply
  148. Crismc

    I don´t understand how a company like CNN have somebody like Mr Alex to write this kind of comment on this web site, shame on you Mr. Alex you have really not understand of the game to make this kind of comments, xxxx.

    July 4, 2010 at 2:40 am | Reply
  149. Maria

    To "Klas"

    Pray what do you mean by that: "That S.Americans above justify his action, calling it selfless is highly reminiscent of the overwhelming attitude to racism and injustice in almost ALL these countries." ???

    Do you mean to say that South Americans are "racist and injust" people as opposed to "tolerant, just" European and North Americans?

    If you do, please note two things:

    (1) you need a lesson in World History – Especially as regards Uruguay, a small country, a poor, but just country, a land of proud fighters who have stood up against injustice from their birth;

    (2) surely this is not the kind of prejudiced comment I would expect to find in a site like CNN's, and I think you should apologize.

    In fact I would think this comment should not deserve to be published alongside the others, who were just debating football, and not attacking nationalities.

    July 4, 2010 at 2:55 am | Reply
  150. ronald G Araya Sr.

    Some flies like to talk about hygiene;
    give me a break. Football's been like that since this fly was born. He believes himself a crusader

    July 4, 2010 at 3:05 am | Reply
  151. Bernardo

    Futbol isnt like any other sport- yeah basketball if the ball is blocked when its going in, its awarded anywaysbut look at how many points are scored in all the other sports? lots more than in futbol- a player has to do what he has to do to save his team- he stopped the ball with his hand (red card was shown) so thats the consequence of the action. its the same thing- a one on one with the goalkeeper, he dives and injures the striker- striker gets a penalty and goalie or player get red or yellow card- its exactly the same thing, u prevent the goal and hope the team misses the penalty-
    Uruguay did what they had to do to have a chance of semi's-
    ghana shouldnt have missed so many penalties and they would have been in the semi's

    take into consideration that i was actually hoping ghana would win-

    July 4, 2010 at 3:05 am | Reply
  152. manny

    let's be honest...some of this players are using this rules a loophole...they take advantage of it....they became smarter but in a wrong way...some rules must be changed in order in to eliminate abuse...

    July 4, 2010 at 3:07 am | Reply
  153. john

    That's where the instant replay comes in. If it is shown that only the cheating kept it from entering the net, as it is obvious in the pic, then they should award the goal, and a red card. I don't care who is playing. I wouldn't want that to happen to any team..

    July 4, 2010 at 3:14 am | Reply
  154. steve browning

    This was a hundred times worse than diego maradona's much maligned goal. In Mardona's case he still had to kick the goal. In suraez's case his deliberate action, far from being a split second reaction, illegally stopped a certain goal from being scored.

    You also fail to mention the fact that the Uruguay player in front of Suaresz also tried to deflect the ball with his arm but missed, so we had two players that were prepared to be sent off knowing that they gave their side a 50/50 chance given that Ghana still ahd to kick the penalty.

    The rule should absolutely be chnaged so that 100% certain goals should be awarded. In fact I would go further and also award a further penalty kick for Suarez's actions. What he did was just about the worst thing you could do in soccer.

    Compare what he did with what happened to Harry Kewel in the Australia v's Ghana game. His arm was against his side and he did not move it to stop the ball amd the ball actually hit the upper part of his body and chest and he also was sent off chiefly becuase he just happened to be standing on the goal line. Australia had to play half a game with only 10 men and were indeed penalized. Uruguay received no effective penalty becuase of the time remaining in the game.

    May be Ghana got their just dessert as Australia with 11 men may hev beaten them which would have meant that they would never have made even the last 16.

    FIFA is a joke and its about time the worlds soccer playing countries dismantled it and started over. Its dominated by the Poms who at the moment couldnt run a school canteen so make FIFA truly representative of the whole world. The game, which is truly the only genuine world game demands it.

    Also as a means of deciding full time drawn games have your extra time operate without the offside rule. Penalties would very rarely ever be needed as the side that wanted to win the most would indeed win as the hardest running team would more likely than not, win in extra time.

    July 4, 2010 at 3:17 am | Reply
  155. Ronald G Araya Sr.

    That's the way football has been for ages. Let's not try to modify a world sport; nobody talks about modifying american (foot)handball, hockey, or any other local sport that have been labelled as world championships, so let it be; forget about changing the world sports or otherwise to someone's myopic view; one person or country cannot just rule the world or play to be the omnipotent, omniscient, hence dictate rules for every aspect of people's lives

    July 4, 2010 at 3:21 am | Reply
  156. Ademir Arruda

    That ball did not cross the line. So, there was no goal. Goal in fotball (soccer) is ball in the net. Suarez got a Red card, was sent out of the match and can not play next game. Uruguay was punished. Ghana had a penalty kick. The law was not broke. Rules were used correctly. The Ghanaian footballer had the incredible chance to score from a penalty and missed it, if he had not missed the chance he had, nobody was talking to much about the way that Suarez saved his national team in the World Cup.

    July 4, 2010 at 3:35 am | Reply
  157. Orlando

    Oh please! There is not reason to patronize Ghana. The rules are there and the punishment was impossed. The comment from the Columninist is even worse than the player fault. The columinist is patronaizing Ghana; and Ghana does not deserve that.

    July 4, 2010 at 3:38 am | Reply
  158. Orlando

    Oh please! This comment just patronizes Ghana. Something like Caucasian Guilt in the works!
    Ghana does not deserve so!

    July 4, 2010 at 3:43 am | Reply
  159. dean

    Of course they cheated. Ghana dominated the whole game only to lose like that . Seems that all the South American teams will try every dirty trick in the book to win. I guess that's why there will be only European teams in the finals.Goodbye Uruguay, Holland is no Ghana and will send you home with ease.

    July 4, 2010 at 3:44 am | Reply
  160. Alfonso Pintos

    This article is very ignorant. Football is a game where there is no illegal things, he did not cheat, he used his hand to stop the ball knowing what would happen and he accepted the consquences, Ghana resultingly missed the penalty shot and well that was there fault and more on Uruguay went on to win the PSO. Americans should evolve out of their minds to know this a global sport and what he did is justifiable, just like diego maradona denied England passage with his "hand of god". Thats it, there is no robbing ghana, no cheating, there is blocking and saving his team. Any other players would have done the exact same thing to save his team.

    July 4, 2010 at 3:46 am | Reply
  161. oscar

    The author of this article obviously does not understand soccer. Uruguay won and it was NOT cheating. PERIOD.

    July 4, 2010 at 3:49 am | Reply
  162. Fernando Cabral

    Clear cheating on the play! Ghana’s number 10 (the players that kicks the ball for Suarez first safe) is in clear offside. After the first header he has only the goalkeeper in front of him. Observe in the play that the goalkeeper has to step first to his left because of this player and then moves to try to intercept the ball. Number 10 comes back from an offside position to strike the ball.
    FIFA should apologize to Uruguay and allow Suarez to play in the semis.
    Do you know a linesman that would make that call at that point in the game?

    July 4, 2010 at 3:53 am | Reply
  163. Mario Lazcano mexico


    Cheating was what argentina did to Mexico, What the referi did to the UK, in this case the official did what it had to exaclty and by the book, is the same as in NLF when the Qback sends a pass and the receiver gets an interference they dont get the touchdown awarded, they get a play with a "sure" posibility from yard 1 to make a touchdown, sometimes they do sometimes the dont, have you ever seen the size of a soccer post? its huge! thats why 95% of times penaltys get scored, in this ocassion it wasnt the case, but the called was just.

    July 4, 2010 at 4:16 am | Reply
  164. rosh

    I totally agree with Alex here – Suarez was allowed to cheat , simple as that. The last piece of action of the match and the ball honing in on a CLEAR GOAL that would have had Ghana through was prevented by this awful ruling. By merely awarding a penalty Uruguay merely got a devil-given opportunity of saving themselves. There were two pair of Uruguayan hands that went up and none of them belonged to the goalkeeper. So from the resulting penalty if the goalie saves it we just say 'superb goalkeeping' or just hang it on fate – is that it??
    In cricket if a batsman handles the ball,which could have been heading towards the stumps or to a fielder he is given out straightaway. The rugby case has been highlighted by so many. So why not in football.
    Some people have brought in a way-off-the-mark case of a goalkeeper fouling a player when he was the only man to beat. Well, anybody who has played or watched football intently will know that even after rounding off the last man standing, there have been so many cases of missed goals because the ball still has to be put into the net. There the goal is not a sure thing. In the Suarez case he was standing on the line and ball would definitely have thudded into the net. A pernalty with so pressure on the best player that day – Gyan – was most certainly a reprieve for Uruguay. As for the stupid argument that if you are not good enough to convert a penalty you don't deserve success – well then ask experts, scribes and commentators to refrain from calling Zico, Platini, Socrates, Baggio and of course Maradona as greats. Get this into your heads – they all missed penalties during crucial world cup matches.
    FIFA, most certainly must review this raher insane rule ALLOWING the likes of Suarez to CHEAT. No I'm not a Ghanain – merely a lover of beautiful football.

    July 4, 2010 at 4:24 am | Reply
  165. Donovan10MVP

    I´m really sad for Ghana and all Africans, but this article makes me ill. The writer and many out there posting comments have no idea of soccer, have never played the game, and simply don´t understand the beauty of this worldwide passion. There is no place to talk about fairness, sportsmanship, deserving a goal, cheating or trickery. It was an intentional hand ball that stopped the ball from going in the net, so Suarez gets red carded and Ghana gets a PK awarded. Too bad Ghana blew off the PK. Too bad ¨Invictus¨and Springboks kinda story did not come out of this World Cup, but life is not a fairy tale, and Uruguay was better on the field and luckier. By the way, Suarez is Ajax and Dutch League Top Scorer and according to the IFFHS he was the worlds top scorer for 2009-2010.
    Germany World Cup Champions 2010!

    July 4, 2010 at 4:24 am | Reply
  166. linda Mutaka

    That was a goal. There was no need for a penalty.

    July 4, 2010 at 4:42 am | Reply
  167. Jan

    Anyone who thinks that was "cheating" needs to get a dictionary. Cheating is trying to break rules and try to get away with not being punished. Suarez knew the rules, knew the punishment for breaking them and did what any good teammate would do, gave his team the best chance of winning.

    Is fouling on purpose at the end of a basketball game also "cheating"?

    July 4, 2010 at 4:46 am | Reply
  168. mohamad

    it is a shame to win like this and take the dream of young players of ghana who deserved to win...Urogway is not a semi final team for there hard work..it is just by chance and this will be proofed next match they play

    July 4, 2010 at 4:58 am | Reply
  169. Alvaro

    This is football, and changing the rules of a handball would be nonsense. He committed a foul, and he was punished for it, Ghana was unlucky to miss its golden chance. I don't believe this is unfair, a penalty kick is the greatest chance to score a goal in football, since it's just you the ball, and the keeper in a unmoving scenario. Better luck for Ghana next time.

    July 4, 2010 at 5:24 am | Reply
  170. Kristeen

    It's obvious that a lot of Uruguayans commenting above are blinded by their happiness at getting through. Alex's initial entry was spot-on. To see blatant cheating rewarded by a spot in the semi-finals makes me lose interest and faith in the whole competition. Moreover, that handball was not Suarez's only moment of cheating. He faked the dive that got South Africa's goal keeper a red card. He was fouling, pushing and faking throughout the Ghana match even before he took out the goal that was ALREADY IN with his hands. He shouldnt just miss one match. He and all other cheaters should be banned from the sport.

    July 4, 2010 at 5:29 am | Reply
  171. Clubwww1

    The reality is that we live in a society were winning is described as everything and the only thing, what is more why could FIFA not allow a rule that would have made this incident very forgettable by simply awarding a penalty goal. Hand ball, by any other player other than the goal keeper to deny a goal should be just that!

    July 4, 2010 at 5:33 am | Reply
  172. Cugeno

    This is most certainly not "cheating." There was an infraction in the heat of the moment, in the waning seconds of a tightly-contested affair, and the attendant penalty was applied. Suarez was shown the red card, and will – appropriately – miss the next game. I am sure that is a trade-off with which he is comfortable, although his crowing about it certainly lacks class. The fact that Ghana failed to convert the PK is sad for those who were pulling for Ghana (myself included), but Uruguay gambled and won.
    Of far greater consequence is that abysmal state of officiating in this sport. I still cannot fathom some of the calls (US' no-goal vs. Slovenia, England's no-goal vs. Germany, Argentina's offside goal, etc. etc.) seen at these highest levels on the world's biggest stage.

    July 4, 2010 at 5:50 am | Reply
  173. carlos

    Please Alex, read the football rules, there is no cheating it's an infraction that deserves a red card and a penalty!!

    July 4, 2010 at 6:13 am | Reply
  174. Angel

    Everybody would do exactly the same as Suarez, including Mr Thomas. Everybody would praise such an heroic gesture if your country benefits from it.
    Look how much sorrow Suarez felt before the penalty was kicked.
    Look how much relief when Assamoah Gyan missed it,
    At the end, Ghana missed, Uruguay won. Fare enough!
    Suarez is still a hero for his country. No shame at all.

    July 4, 2010 at 6:15 am | Reply
  175. DougP

    The idea that if you do something in the game that is prohibited and then are punished for it you are not cheating is ridiculous.
    1. To act dishonestly; practice fraud.
    2. To violate rules deliberately, as in a game: was accused of cheating at cards.
    3. Informal To be sexually unfaithful: cheat on a spouse.
    4. Baseball To position oneself closer to a certain area than is normal or expected: The shortstop cheated toward second base.
    The guy deliberately violated the rule that says he can't use his hands. That's cheating.

    It is totally bizarre how so many football fans willingly turn a blind eye to and even celebrate the constant cheating (like diving and faking injury) in the game. Football is corrupt and FIFA's lax rules make it so.
    I'm not an American but I can udnerstand why so many of them view the game with disrespect. I like watching the game except for when bs like this occurs and I have no respect for the legion of top players who routinely cheat.

    July 4, 2010 at 6:23 am | Reply
  176. Regis

    I agree with the author's point. I have read the points and counterpoints posted here, and I think that many of the arguments against his perspective are intelligent, articulate and make valid points. But as for those folks who are arguing that there is something mystical at work, or that this author doesn't understand the rules, history or spirit of football/futbol/soccer...give me a break. It's a sport. It has a rich mythos, to be sure, but it also has comprehensible rules, strategies and policies which are not beyond the comprehension of a professional sports writer. Soccer is neither more nor less than other sports in this regard, and to object to the author's viewpoint on the basis that he somehow doesn't understand the sport or the culture surrounding it is ignorant and preposterous.

    July 4, 2010 at 6:25 am | Reply
  177. Mohamad Sadek

    I have surprised on how much the replies is so aggressive!!!

    I think the FIFA should study this issue, if it is not logical to consider it a goal as a punishment, but they can do more strict penalties on the players, for example to not play the next 10 games, or punish the whole team by yellow cards, so they can prevent or push the players to think one million times before they do such things.

    This issue has been discussed with most of the football reports and analysis around the world, in the last two days, so dont talk as it is a strange issue to be discussed.

    July 4, 2010 at 6:52 am | Reply
  178. Doug

    Problem is Soccer is no longer a sport. I don't just mean at the elite level where it is obviously a business, fuelled by amoral amounts of money, but even at junior club level because their heroes are not sportsmen.

    July 4, 2010 at 6:52 am | Reply
  179. Fabrizio Catenaro

    U.S. people will never understand football until they call it soccer

    July 4, 2010 at 6:55 am | Reply
  180. az

    common sense ..tells u ghana scored..!!! What Suarez did is lack of sportsmanship...and even FiFa...knows something is wrong with their rules and decision.

    July 4, 2010 at 6:57 am | Reply
  181. hilals

    Alex. I forgot to tell u that Addiah was offside and check the replay u will see that. so Uruguay are the victims here for loosding an amazing attacker

    July 4, 2010 at 7:19 am | Reply
  182. Ademir Arruda


    That ball did not cross the line. So, there was no goal. Goal in football (soccer) is ball in the net. Suarez got a Red card, was sent out of the match and can not play next game. Uruguay was punished. Ghana had a penalty kick. The law was not broke. Rules were used correctly. The Ghanaian footballer had the incredible chance to score from a penalty and missed it, if he had not missed the chance he had, nobody was talking TOO MUCH about the way that Suarez saved his national team in the World Cup.

    That ball did not cross the line. So, there was no goal. Goal in fotball (soccer) is ball in the net. Suarez got a Red card, was sent out of the match and can not play next game. Uruguay was punished. Ghana had a penalty kick. The law was not broke. Rules were used correctly. The Ghanaian footballer had the incredible chance to score from a penalty and missed it, if he had not missed the chance he had, nobody was talking TOO MUCH about the way that Suarez saved his national team in the World Cup.

    July 4, 2010 at 7:51 am | Reply
  183. mensima hughes-thompson

    cheating to get ahead never gets anywhere, but the fact remain people just can stand seeing africans progress yet they always lie to themselves with the SAY NO TO RACISM banner before a kick off. i wish all africans will just stay out of anything concerning the world, since it's obvious we are not welcomed.

    July 4, 2010 at 8:16 am | Reply
  184. mensima hughes-thompson

    uruguay , all the best i hope cheating gets you through everything in life, i use to respect you so much but now i guess all that has happened helps with the respect thing.

    July 4, 2010 at 8:24 am | Reply
  185. mensima

    they cheat and rejoice , the south americans should know better.

    July 4, 2010 at 8:31 am | Reply
  186. mensima

    it's so sad all the other South American teams are out of the tournament but what can i say one cheats and the others pay up but God is a just God. Suarez i pray you can always hold your head high.

    July 4, 2010 at 8:43 am | Reply
  187. fos

    To win this way is a very hollow victory. I would be ashamed, & not proud if my country won in such a manner.
    Justice will be served .... Uraguay will be knocked out in their next game.

    July 4, 2010 at 8:57 am | Reply
  188. Mark B

    Reflex action? Check out Suarez' buddy to his right, who also has seemed to have caught the reflex action bug........

    July 4, 2010 at 9:46 am | Reply
  189. Kevin

    A lot of people here are missing the point. The article is discouraging the game from having rules that encourage people to break them. Some people here clearly do understand this, and are supporting the status quo anyway. Yes, it's true that it's "fair" the way things are – you get your penalty kick, the player gets his red card, the punishment is pre-determined and everyone knows how it's going to play out. Nobody is surprised when this sort of thing happens, but that doesn't mean that it's a sign of good sportsmanship.

    Rules meant to prevent hand balls, fouls, ect... are in place because these things are not meant to happen. Period. When they designed the rules, do you REALLY think they were thinking "We don't want people to use their hands except when it really benefits their team?" I sure don't. This sort of thing is an oversight that people have refused to correct because every time someone tries to change something in football people panic. It's not unfair, but it's a violation of the spirit of the rules that people can get away with simply because nobody has the guts to change it. Most other sports have adapted to prevent intentional violations, and I think football should, as well.

    Though the article is suffering a bit from sins of omission. It uses basketball as an example of a sport that has dealt with this problem. It's clearly referring to the goal tending rule, which automatically awards the opposing team the points, but it's ignoring the fact that basketball is probably one of the worst examples of a sport where deliberate violations of a rule can benefit a team. In virtually ANY game where the score is close with only a couple minutes left, players begin deliberately fouling to force bonus free-throws, and thus get the ball back with minimal time lost off the clock. Frankly, I think that needs to be dealt with, as well – call those fouls as intentional and thus prevent a turnover. Rules, in my opinion, should offer the same incentive to follow them throughout the game, not just for the first 95% of it. A team that has to resort to intentional rule violation to win a game is not the "better" team in the sense that a sports competition is supposed to be measuring. Alas, the fouling issue has become such an ingrained part of the sport that it's probably never going to be addressed, and football is so paranoid of changing anything that the same is true there.

    July 4, 2010 at 9:55 am | Reply
  190. Kevin

    Furthermore, it's exceptionally strange in football that such a rule still is still allowed, as football already has one of the most obvious examples of a rule designed to counteract the abuse of other rules by players. Added Time. The officials are allowed to add time onto the game to help nullify the time wasted by penalties and injuries, but also the deliberate wasting of time by players of the winning team, who frequently stay "down" longer than they really need to, acting out fake or exaggerated injuries as much as they can without drawing a card from the refs. I fail to see why the philosophy for this rule should be any different from that of another. The game should at least have some damned consistency in the philosophy behinds its rules.

    July 4, 2010 at 10:08 am | Reply
  191. sulaiman

    why you people are talking this way let face the fact and the fact allways is the fact we are playing football not handball i think we have to change the name from football to handball.if you we are to agree on your point,and you people cant make a right choice for the FIFA, from Sulaiman Ghana

    July 4, 2010 at 10:14 am | Reply
  192. Agnes

    Saurez should be tarred and feathered. Banned from football for life!

    July 4, 2010 at 10:22 am | Reply
  193. Bigbear

    We African's let it go. But you can bet that Ghana will bounce back. It is sad. We were making a genuine bid for the cup. with all our players fit, Ghana is a good side. But that is football for you. My advice is let's get over it. Interesting to let you know, Ghana has got so much talent. So don't worry. I can even play good soccer myself.

    But to Uruguay and Suarez followers, you have to be magnanimous in victory. And know that what goes around comes around.

    July 4, 2010 at 10:42 am | Reply
  194. musah fifa

    yes we Ghanaians know that the time of Africa is coming very soon,we are going to suprise the world by wining the senior world cup as we did last year in Egypt, remember we beat Brazil in the final, and remember the world cup is 80 years now, but Ghana we are just 8 years on it ,and weare going to win it by hand but by foot,because it's name is football not handball, and you south americans watch your mouth and shut up, because you are too know and you know nothing,

    July 4, 2010 at 10:50 am | Reply
  195. joo-joo

    Maybe the handball wasn't cheating – the infraction was penalized according to the rules, and Ghana failed to score on the penalty. Them's the breaks:-(

    Uruguay's victory is still nothing to be proud of or celebrate: their victory looks like theft.

    July 4, 2010 at 11:02 am | Reply
  196. Bkohler

    It´s cheating. Plain and simple. That´s why there is the ultimate penalty for it–a red card. Playing fairly would have resulted in a 2-1 score for Ghana. Now this player is celebrated as a national hero for cheating??? What kind of signal is this?

    July 4, 2010 at 11:07 am | Reply
  197. Daniela Franco

    It's clear that you are new to soccer. Suarez is going to miss the next final and his absence will be a great loss. What else do you need?
    Go Uruguay!!!!!!

    July 4, 2010 at 11:14 am | Reply
  198. Andre

    As an African and a lover of football, I must submit that the rules of the game were followed in this case and that is that. Unfortunately, the plethora of blatant fouls and poor officiation, prior to and during the world cup, has served to highlight the deficiencies in the current match administration. I think FIFA owes it to the fans of the beautiful game to rethink there stance on the use of technology, and allowing the offended team a fair opportunity for recourse. In this way our children will not be taught that it's ok to "take one for the team", to ensure one's own success, even at the expense of another. As the one true global game, the potential for highlighting the true meaning of fairness should not be missed. how can we truly celebrate the success of anyone, if it was acheived in an unfair fashion. FIFA Fair Play = FARCE

    July 4, 2010 at 11:21 am | Reply
  199. Joe , Italy

    There can.t be proper fair play in football until justice is done, cheating in football is soiling the beauty of it and as such misunderstanding will continue to grow. Let's not forget there are more generation coming. The Panelty awarded plus the red card is not the answer, because keepers can save it or player can spoil the panelty, finally the culprit becomes a hero. What is the fair play in the game? Knowing very well its only the goalkeeper can kick and use his hand. For Gods sack where is the beauty of the game for awarding Panelty.There should be tougher punishment than just a mere panelty and red card. Suarez must be ban from all international competitons or bigger fine to serve as exemple for other to follow.

    July 4, 2010 at 11:28 am | Reply
  200. Lennart

    Typical American view on football. What Suarez did was the ultimate sacrifice possible, pure emotion, and that is what makes football such a great sport. He knew the consequence: a red card, no semi final, and a big chance to lose this match. He also knew there is always that small possibility that the player misses the awarded penalty and that his team had a chance, however small, to progress.

    The fact that the Ghana player missed the penalty and that consequently Ghana couldnt score in the extra time against a 10 man opponent, tells the story. It's not only 22 guys running behind a ball, it's also every individual players emotions that can decide a match.

    July 4, 2010 at 11:31 am | Reply
  201. Tommy.

    In fifa fair play means suarez did not play fair by intentionally stopping the ball hitting the back of the net and thats is unprofessionallism.If U RUGUANS says is not cheat fair enough,Hope one day TOP GOAL porcher like Suarez will hav himself in the same situation and feel pains of going out or losing a game of his life.We hope fifa should come out with rules of automatic goal and red card instead of penalty and red card so as to let uruguans pay the price not ghana nxt time Suarez intentionally handle the ball.Cheats uruguans,thats is the only way for u to Semis.hope u pay for ur cheats agianst the Netherlands.

    July 4, 2010 at 11:31 am | Reply
  202. Lancelot

    In any Rugby Football Union Match a deliberate foul that stops a score would result in a Penalty Try, and a probable Red Card. FIFA needs to wake up. The International Ruby Board introduced "watchdog" technology years ago, and no offence, from the aformentioned fouls, to dangerous play and abusing the referee, goes unpunished. Technology's biggest value, however, is to ensure referees make a correct decision, especially when deciding to award a try, when millimetres decide the issue.

    July 4, 2010 at 11:35 am | Reply
  203. msbbridgee

    i think fifa should make changes to some rules of the game, like the whole handball incident involving Suarez. In my opinion the goal shld be allowed and the player shld be sent off. The ball crossed the line before Suarez turn himself into goalkeeper. i still think the best team lost, there's no doubt about that...Ghana was the best team..uruguay will be thrash by the Netherlands...!!!!!

    July 4, 2010 at 11:40 am | Reply
  204. Andre

    well said Kevin

    July 4, 2010 at 11:57 am | Reply
  205. esteban

    Hello to everybody

    If that same situation happens in the beginning of the game ( so to say in the first half 20 minutes), nobody would remeber it now, it would be almost normal, part of the game. That´s what makes this game so interesting and exiting. Enjoy football, real football not United States "foot(hand)ball".

    July 4, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  206. PS

    Each time I read this article and some of the comments again, I am even more surprised at how little some people understand football...

    Notice that the referee, in this occasion, was impeccable ! Other referees would not have the guts to do what he had to do to follow the rule: he awarded a penalty kick to a team in the very last minute of extra time. He was spot-on!

    With so many arbritration mistakes in this world cup, I fail to see why you would choose to criticize Fifa in this one occasion when, in a radical situation, the referee acted right. Beats me!

    July 4, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  207. Nick

    Luis Suarez is not known for his moral compass. Anyone seeing him play for more that one game could see it. It a surprise that he was on his feet in the penalty area as he usually falls over in it! 😉

    This is exactly the problem with modern football and even modern society.

    Everything is allowed for a win even if it means giving up your integrity (if your parents brought you up with any).

    If you practice fairplay you're labeled a loser.

    I think the game will die because of this type of action as people get tired of these primadonnas falling, cheating, crying and playacting.

    The article was spot on.

    July 4, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  208. Gabriel

    Suarez was sent off, and a red card involves *at least* an one-match suspension. If the offence that caused the red card is especially awful, FIFA can suspend the player for more than the minimum one match.

    Guess what? FIFA studied the situation and gave Suarez just the minimum one-match suspension set by the rules. This means, besides not being cheating at all, it wasn't even especially serious as offences go. Dramatic ending? For sure. That's what makes soccer so amazing. Cheating? Confirmed by FIFA : a big, unequivocal NO.

    I'm all for using instant replay to invalidate goals done while in offside, or to see whether a player took a dive or an actual foul was committed, but *this* wasn't cheating – if anything, instant replay would have shown the Ghana player wasn't fouled (*that* is Ghana cheating!) and then the shot blocked by Suarez was shot while a few players from Ghana where in offside (not called by the refs, and again, favoring Ghana).

    Mr Alex Thomas, please be a man and write a follow-up piece admitting your error.

    July 4, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  209. ines

    Folks, it is obvious that those of you that are talking here about "Fair Play"don't know the history of this FIFA campaign. It was started in the '80s to STOP THE USE OF VIOLENCE in soccer.
    Fair Play means: not to hurt the other players, not to kick or punch them on pourpose in an attempt to stop them. Not to insult them, spitt them, and so on. That's what Fair Play is all about.
    For all the other infractions that do not involve physical or verbal violence, they use not one, but THREE referees.
    Suarez didn't cheat. He made an infraction, and was punished for it. Gyan missed the penalty, ALL BY HIMSELF. Period.
    And for this silly journalist that patronized "poor Ghana" as if they where children denied glory, you are talking of a country that is WORLD CHAMPION already. They play, and WON, the under 20 soccer championship in Egypt, and they achieve all the glory for it. Ghana is an EXCELLENT TEAM, worldwide respected by other countries. So please, don't talk as if they were children or idiots.
    Both teams play well, it was a hard game, and BOTH teams can be proud of playing FAIR, according to soccer rules. No player was injured, insulted or spitted during the game. Not violence involved, just soccer. And soccer (Thank God) is unpredictable.

    July 4, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  210. Mark B

    Maybe they should change the rules so that if the handball happens in the last 10 minutes of extra time, or even in extra time itself, harsher penalties will be imposed, such as the player/team receiving a massive fine and missing a lot of matches.
    But seriously, how funny is the guy next to Suarez doing another goalkeeper impersonation? What is the whole team instructed to do this sort of thing ?

    July 4, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  211. Patrick Moyna

    My wife reminded me that the real cheat and unsportsmanlike behavior was Germany's goalkeeper, who knowingly thrusted his hands behind the goal line and scooped the ball. He tried (and managed) to fool the referee, and did not give one iota of explanations afterwards. FIFA did not suspend him (for life), and the germans are all happy. Now THAT is a cheat, Suarez was punished for his offense, which was as much as bad, and really lessbad , than the ghanians jumping on Lugano to wound him (which they did purposefully, no penalty or cards awarded), kick Lodeiro as to fissure one of his metatarsal bones (out for the rest of the Cup), try to badly hurt Fucile (no cards either). Or to be so twisted as to hurt Ballach in the last game before the WC started, for that matter.
    No racism ! that is one of Uruguay's guiding ideas since we were the country where brasilian slaves escaped for their liberty. We even have a stream called "de los Negros" some hundred kilometers from the Brasil border, where slaves were considered to be "free". We had black players in our national teams since the first organized games in our country. WE were not a port from which slaves were shipped abroad, something that I have never to figure out about Africa (who SOLD the slaves?). Slavery was abolished by our first "leader" Artigas in 1815. When did Ghana abolish slavery?
    And you get a Godsend penalty and miss, that is your problem, not ours. Uruguay is a mile above Ghana as a team and as individual players. They do not have to damage opponents to play, as Ghanians obviously did. Ask the yankees.
    Deserve, they will deserve when they play a good soccer game, and are not ball kicking gladiators.

    July 4, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  212. Tom Byer

    The rule should be changed as a few others have been in the past. It's crazy not to allow a goal that is clearly going in that the referee acknowledges and throws the culprit out of the game. And for Suarez's gloating, he should be banned for the rest of the tournament for sure, which FIFA could do if they had the balls to do it. Nobody want's to see cheating, and this is different then the Referee missing a call etc. He didn't miss the hand ball so you can't compare it to calls that the referee did miss to change the outcome of a game. But for the Neanderthals that think that the rules should stay the same, these are probably some of the same people who would have probably thought that woman don't have the right to vote!

    July 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  213. carma

    I've read so many articles disgusted by the "cheats" of the world cup. I know it's pretty bad but it is the way of the game. Football is a very dirty game. In every match there'll always be that "accidental" flop, phantom injuries, sneaky shirt grabs and of course, the ever popular hand of gods. I'm not saying we should tolerate it, i think it's just how the game is played and it's up to the referees to keep a good eye out for it, we just remain spectators of the game and it's pretty harsh to see our favorite players get a red/yellow card because of someone getting an "accident". That Luis Suarez handball, well, i am both disgusted and amazed at it. Disgusted because it cost so much for ghana and amazed because the guy had spunk!

    July 4, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Reply
  214. Gera Dorce

    hey , look who is cheating!!!!


    here you can see clear that didn't exist a foul , 1 rst place , no free kick , no red to suarez !
    any way ...
    we win!!!
    all the stadium against
    all the continent against us
    this was the best game in this world cup
    the beauty of futbol
    im sure the writer for this article dont have any clue what football is.
    he should be thankful for this electryfing game.
    vamos URUGUAY!!!!!

    July 4, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  215. mocosam

    Alex Thomas, you don't know nothing about soccer, this is part of emotion of soccer. soccer isn't playstation game. sorry.

    July 4, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  216. Benito

    The foul from where the ball came was non existant, but it was awarded anyway. Ghana also couldn´t win in the 120 minutes, altough they gain a penalty derived from a mistake of the referee. What would you do if you are about to lose everything? Wouldn´t you try your last and desperate option? I believe that Alex comment on cheating is at least unfair

    July 4, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Reply
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  218. John

    Always amazed how American sportswriters develop an interest in soccer every 4 years. In this case, the author panders to an American market and cynically and conveniently embraces the virtues of "fairness" that Americans refuse to apply to any other sport. A very brief sampling might include:
    – Pitchers trying to kill batters with throws to the head in baseball is rationalized as "brushing someone back."
    – Football steroid use and other drug use that is tolerated and rewarded (Brian Cushing of the Texans).
    – Basketball players start brawls with fans and are allowed to EVER play again.
    – The inability of the NBA or NCAA to recognize that virtually every foul by the losing teams in the last 2 minutes of a basketball game is intentional (i.e. shots plus possession).

    You don't like soccer and you don't want to. You don't understand soccer and you don't want to.

    You want it to fit into your sensibilities and until it does, you'll find ways to poke holes in it. After all, you're a journalist, and you write about it not because your opinion is worth anything, but because your editor needs more hits on the web page. And the article strikes a chord with people like you those who, like you, don't like or understand the sport. And for those of us who have a sense of what the game has always been (and yes, there is a rich history prior to your editor telling you to write about it), we understand that breaking the rules is part of the game, and of every game, especially when it will lead to a chance to win. Either way it drives traffic to the site (hence CNN linking it to Facebook, etc.) which means more ad money for the network. Good work.

    But your opinion on the sport of soccer is jaded by your unwillingness to lend the same critical lens to the standard American sports with which you're more familiar. Try it – strategic breaking of rules happens all the time – it's part of every sport. Oh, but wait, your editor won't print that because he or she is could cares more about hits than facts or honesty or context. (Insert story about the end of real journalism in America [here].)

    July 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  219. Marcelo Oliveira

    The rules were followed to the letter. There is no need to change any rules regarding this incident. You just don't know football history enough, this has happened in the past and will happen again.
    If Gyan can't convert a penalty kick, it is Ghana's problem. You can't award a goal for a ball that did not cross the line, that's for sure.

    July 4, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  220. Maurizio

    Again, do not forget that the free kick which originated all that mess was from a foul that did not occur. Worst, the Ghana player simulated, acted, faked, the foul. The PK was then a consequence of the free kick. Ghana was cheating, Uruguay played by the book. So it was fair in the end, what is no usual.

    But people only look to what they want.

    Uruguay can beat the Dutch, they're an ordinary team, they have beaten Brazil solely by luck.

    July 4, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  221. samuel

    Good article, cheers!

    July 4, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  222. tonsing

    Hey, I supported both Ghana and Uruguay.
    I am sorry for Ghana. At the same time, very happy for the Uruguayan team.
    Suarez did what he has to do.
    They were out of time and chances, suarez stoppd the ball using his hand and give the goalkeeper the chance.
    If I were at his place, I would have done the same thing.
    We have to say that, Ghana were just a little unlucky.
    GO GO GO Uruguay and Win the FIFA WORLD CUP 2010
    Ghana, you need to do more homeworks.


    July 4, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  223. david- uruguay

    esto es futbol!! y veo que no entendes de que se trata!! es parte de la esencia del juego.. los partidos no los gana el que lo merece , gana el que la mete adentro!!!!!!!!!!!!, no importa con que la metas asi sea con la .. pero meterla para que sea gol, porque sin no entra no es gol y punto. asi de simple. Y de donde sacaste eso de darle como un gol valido porque hubiera entrado???? eso es cualquiera!! si no entra no es gol... y cualquiera en su lugar hubiera hecho lo mismo que Suarez, hacer lo que sea para que no entre, fue estrategicamente brillante, un sacrificio que le da al cuadro un aliento mas de vida y la oportunidad en un penal, penal que es panalizacion mas que suficiente, lo mas seguro y lo mas probable es que el penal sea gol... asi que si el ghanes lo erro se lo perdieron, eso es parte de la esencia del juego y de su atractivo, anda a mirar beisbol anda..

    July 4, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  224. Jeff

    I really feel sorry for Ghana . taking a penalty at world cup level is very intimidating and hard. Lets take a team like Spain if Carles Puyol saw the ball about to go into his net and he used his hand ,he would have good reason to because the opposing team would have to face iker casillas.Hes one of the best goal keepers in the world and i sure he could succeed in stop any penalty kick.So really its not fair . Shows that Fifa has to attend to multiple issues regarding the game. Well the world cup has been filled with controversy .Suarez should be ashamed of what he did.Ghana were better on the day but were unlucky.All that suarez has done for his country is give them some false hope that they could beat the netherlands.If i were him did feel SAD because he might not play in a semi final again if they lose.

    July 4, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  225. Federico Deal

    My friend Alex, im sorry about you. You don't anything about soccer or Futbol. (NOT FOOTBALL); Im pretty sure you didn't even see the game. Over 90 minutes the FIFA and the African Union plus the referee cheated against Uruguay, even the last foul that generated this incident was a totally invention.

    The African union is fight to get 6 places in the next workd cup, this taking one spot our od the CONMEBOL, (who had 4 yes my friend 4 teams in the 4ter finals of the world cup, thats 50%), so please before talking about Uruguay, Suarez, or even soccer. Wash your teeth.

    I wont talk to your article because is sad. cheating?, jaja come on.

    July 4, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  226. travis

    The same Suarez dived against South Africa, I think its some thing that the Uruguayan practiced before the game, I noticed that the other player on the line also wanted to punch the ball. I think as a striker heading and kicking the ball should be instinctive to him, not punching, if you look closely he could have jumped and headed the ball. If something is not done, I think late goals in knockout games might be a thing of the past and the one match ban is a good enough incentive. I think if the game was to continue someone in the Uruguay team was prepared catch or punch the ball on similar situations, because the other guy also tried to punch the ball when Suarez did and that cant be instinctive. Awarding a goal is only to kick this blatant cheating out of the game, people remember that such a rule will not only apply to Ghana but will be uniformly applied.

    July 4, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  227. Kobla Mensah

    Its shameful that some folks will defend such a shameful act. Suarez and all those whose support his dirty actions should bow down their heads in shame. Soccer is played with the feet and not the hands. I hope FIFA changes the rules to serve as a disincentive to others. Uruguay does not deserve to be in the semi finals, period!!! Congrats Ghana for a good display of soccer. Fair minded soccer fans are proud of you.

    July 4, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  228. frankiey

    The ghanaians deserv a win but the handball god took the pride of Africa, soccer never tells the truth it such a rude game

    July 4, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  229. TJ

    Firstly, the game is Football (not soccer) because it is played with the foot. Any attempt to use the hands is punished – the rules govern this. (Not to be confused with the other football, being played by bunch of grown up men throwing a ball around).

    Secondly, the player was appriopriately punished and he would miss the semi finals. By the way, Thomas Muller handled the ball also, got a yellow card and would miss the semis. Those are the rules.

    Scene 1: A goal keeper or the last defender "intentionally" fouls an opponent and stops a goal bound move. Should the goal be automatically given?

    If all the ball does not cross all the line, it is not a goal – PERIOD! (Please ask the Nigerian Yakubu of the "even my Grandma would score that goal" fame, anything can happen).

    Goal line technology, extra officials, by all means.
    Any other thing – NO!

    The African teams were not good enough! Plain and simple.

    July 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  230. Olga

    Alex, let's face it. A penalty is a penalty, here and in Sudafrica. Suarez made a penalty and was sanctioned, as every other player during every soccer match in the wordl since soccer was created. Perhaps other would have been your words if Ghana made that goal, but Ghana didn't.
    Just remember the match Ghana-Serbia, and the hand of Kuzmanovic.

    Your comment is offensive towards uruguayan team and uruguayan coach.

    Fair play is also the greatnes and nobility to accept the defeat.

    July 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  231. elbio

    sr. Alex francia clasifico con una mano de Zinedin Zidane y .......

    July 4, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  232. elbio

    Sr Alex francia clasifico al mundial con un gol acomoado con la mano el gol fue validado y la fifa lo permitio fu zinedine zidane.

    July 4, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  233. diego

    Bravo bravo Uruguay, I am from Central America, and I am proud that Luis Maquiavelo Suarez took the nerves to mada the safe. so, your target justifies your means jajajjajaja.

    And to everyone who belives and think like the Emanuel Kant of the sports, stop thinking in a romantic way, this is real life and Uruguay made it, and ghana didn`t pass. Sorry for the people from africa, but the luck is for the one who has it, not for the one who is looking for it.....

    Saludos, Luis Diego.....

    July 4, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  234. Lars

    Its funny how often the Americans call for rule changes in football, a game they barely watch or understand. When something like that would happen in the super bowl finals, I as a German, would dare to ask for any change in the rules.

    July 5, 2010 at 12:46 am | Reply
  235. Alfredo Da Rosa

    People, what is the point of disscusing the rules, this thread of comments are happening just because the person who wrote the article have no idea about the rules. And shame on him learn first.

    July 5, 2010 at 1:50 am | Reply
  236. Alcino

    I would be in total agreement in regards to applying the same as rules as occurs in Rugby Union...

    The problem is that these rules cannot be implemented without the aid of televised replays for refereeing decisions being brought into the game simultaneously...

    Every player and every thoughtful football fan has always known that this situation (Uruguay-Suárez handball) was possible.

    Granted the fact that FIFA refuses to provided more transparency in the game, any player and any football fan (given the chance to play) would save their country from elimination by using their hand in the game. It is a loophole created and allowed by FIFA.

    If the same situation had occured on the other end of the field, let's not be so naïve as to say that a Ghana player would not have done the same things for their country...

    The true culprit, the true creator of this shameful reality in this beautiful sport is, always has been, and unfortunately seems like always will be... FIFA.

    July 5, 2010 at 2:11 am | Reply
  237. Theogh

    FIFA has to punish Suarez severely for what he did.The so called Big stars are destroying the game. Henry Handles the ball clearly with his hands and qualifys France to the worldcup, Luis Fabiano handles the ball twice and scores against Ivory Coast and Now Suarez deliberately obstructs the Ball from entering the net with his... See More TWO HANDS to deny Ghana from qualifying to the SEMI-FINALS. what else is FIFA waiting for to stop this.Suarez is going from media to media proclaiming himself as a hero.A delighted Suarez said: "The Hand of God now belongs to me. Mine is the real Hand of God." FIFA is just looking on and letting him go away with it. What a world we live in now the young ones coming are learning cheating to win makes one a hero and its accepted.Think about your children all of you.Do you want them to cheaters???

    July 5, 2010 at 3:03 am | Reply
  238. Tim

    As cruel as it sounds – rules are rules and Suarez did what he had to do to save his country from sure defeat by taking the red card and take a chance on the penalty kick which Ghana failed to capitalize on. Now it's up to FIFA to decide to make small changes on either awarding the goal if the circumstances of the hand-ball is similar to that of Basketball's goal tending (the ball is surely on its way to the basket) or at least make the penalty a lot more stiffer – say banning the plyer for lengthier time as this will indeed become a precedent. In desperate moments, any player will willingly touch the ball if it is surely on its way to the goal and when their goal keeper can no longer get to the ball. Being thrown out and getting suspended the next game is too small a price to pay in exchange for a chance to survive and move on to the semi-finals.

    July 5, 2010 at 3:08 am | Reply
  239. Navin

    Ghana lost. There wasn't any 'denying' Ghana a chance. The Suarez handball was not 'cheating'. The rules are very clear – you handball in the penalty box on purpose – instant red card to you, and penalty kick to the other team. Those are the rules. And overall they are quite fair. Ghana got a great chance to score, and Suarez will miss the Semi.

    A game is played by rules. This is football. It's not about some kind of fairness contest. If we go by who should or should not have win, why have a world cup, let's just declare Brazil the champion since they were ranked number 1. Do you see the absurdity of your argument?

    Lastly, stop whining about this, write an article titled – Ghana should practice taking penalty kicks more. That will have some validity and do some good.

    July 5, 2010 at 4:21 am | Reply
  240. Merrik

    I am wondering if Mr. Thomas would think the way he does now if Asamoah Gyan has made the penalty kick. He missed the kick fair and square. So, what's all this hate towards Suarez? He did what he had to do for his team. I don't see why Mr. Thomas is so sour about this entire ordeal. The call was made, Suarez will be excluded from the next game and a penalty shot was awared which was subsequently missed. Nothing was given or taken. However opportunities were taken advantage of and missed. That"s sports and I don't think Suarez should be labeled a cheater for being quick on his feet or with his hands. STOP CRYING MR. THOMAS.

    July 5, 2010 at 5:14 am | Reply
  241. Aaron Dong

    The right judgement is the ball was in net and the player is red out ! because if no foul ,it is a Goal! The FIFA' rules need modifying .

    July 5, 2010 at 7:03 am | Reply
  242. Thierry

    Damn and what happend to FIFA's fair play.......tis abt time FIFA stopped talking abt fair play bcos when we are on the field of paly we try to cheat....no fairness abt it..innit

    July 5, 2010 at 7:33 am | Reply
  243. Alex

    So, is every foul or handball a cheat? Why is this more of a cheat than a mid-field foul at the start of a league game? Rules need to be objective, clear and generic. You can't have a rule against "handling a ball on the goal line in the last minute of a game in which an African team is about to make it to semi finals for the first time ever" (gasp)... that is ridiculous!

    Well yes, a red card in the last minute may not seem much of a punishment. And a penalty kick has a small chance of being missed. But those are the rules, clear and objective: "handball in the goal line = red card + penalty kick". In most cases that is more than enough. In others it may even seem too harsh. But we can't have rules for every imaginable case.

    Suarez knew the rules and did what any other player would have done. Period. You can't judge someone by what you wish the rules were... The rules are what they are. If you want them changed, well that's another story. I think ther're fine the way they are.

    Referee's bad calls are much more of a problem in my opinion, where real (and quite serious) cheating may sometimes be involved.

    July 5, 2010 at 8:12 am | Reply

    so when does a violation becomes cheating? every game has its rules, basketball awards free throws for fouls and shots that could have been made..i guess it's too harsh to call that particular violation a cheat...give these guys a break...they (uraguay) deserved the win...ghana was awarded a free kick and they missed...i'm a filipino and i'm rooting for GERMANY....

    July 5, 2010 at 8:43 am | Reply
  245. Jean-Marc

    The player deliberately handled the ball and as a result he was sent-off and Ghana was awarded a penalty. Had Ghana converted the penalty kick, we wouldn't be talking about it. Yes, it was an intentional foul. The same as a last defender tripping a striker who has gone past him and is clean through on goal. As an African, I was strongly routing for Ghana but the suggestion that "cheating was rewarded in a spectacularly fashion" is frankly a silly one. The player was sent off – thus will miss the next game, a penaly was rewarded and Ghana missed it. Simple. Continuing to ignore calls for goal line technology and seeing teams being eliminated as a result is a lot sillier in my humble opinion.

    July 5, 2010 at 9:26 am | Reply
  246. Goran

    I agree with most of the comments. No rules broken, Suarez was sent off, Ghana had a penalty, end of story. I also don't agree with most of the article.

    July 5, 2010 at 9:38 am | Reply
  247. wofa

    Then i say let players then feel free and always be on the look out to stop the ball with their hands anytime the ball is going into the net.... and lets change its name from football to handball

    July 5, 2010 at 10:07 am | Reply
  248. fairplay

    In football the referee holds the right to give the advantage to the opposing team if a foul is committed. Why didn't this happen in the case of Suarez? Also why not consider toughening the rules when it comes to the use of the hand so that it isn't taken advantage of as it was clearly done.

    In the end hard luck to Ghana and best of luck to Uruguay but that doesn't mean we cant discuss the current rules or consider them taboo without affecting the beauty of the sport.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:23 am | Reply
  249. Pieter

    What Suarez did is part of the game, although the timing was indeed rotten. Even if the ref would have sent off 4 people it woudn't have mattered to both sides anymore.

    Whether this is cheating or nor depends on your definition of cheating. I don't think it's cheating. It's very unsportsmanlike, but within the boundaries of what one can expect in a game.

    The only thing that bothers me is that Ghana was about to score the winning goal (if Suarez wouldn't have stopped the bal with his hand it would have been a sure goal) but that they are out of the tournament now while Suarez only has to sit out ONE (=1!) game .

    Why not 5 games? Or even more games? That way you stay within the classic rulebook while giving out a sign that actions like these are not appreciated and will be punished severely.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:32 am | Reply
  250. Vincent

    The world is not perfect. The perfect won't make a funny world.

    Have a fun, funs.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:06 am | Reply
  251. Abioye Sunday Segun

    Agree 100%

    July 5, 2010 at 11:22 am | Reply
  252. TJ

    Back to basketball, it is well known that opposing players will continually foul against SHAQ becos they know he is miserable at free throws. Is this cheating?

    The noble thing for you to do is an open apology to Suarez for calling him a cheat. Uraguay won the game by playing by the rules.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:36 am | Reply
  253. Federico

    Internet gives the possibility to write to someone that doesn't know anything about football, maybe you should put all your little knowledge in rugby and basketball

    July 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  254. wnuck

    You should also reckognize the quarterfinal GER vs ARG.
    There was absolutely no cheating, no acting, no arguing with the referees. (at least from German side, there were some arguing from the argentians, but after all it was a very fair game)
    there have been several fouls from behind, e.g. at the middle-line on Klose. He was up again after a few secons, turned around, shaked hands and went away.

    July 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  255. Wayne

    Why are certain jargon words used in Soccer/Football that are just confusing? Why is the word cynical used all the time? For example the article says 'Cynical Cheating' and I have heard the term 'Cynical Tackle' used. Why not just entitle the article 'Can football stamp out cheating?' or just call a cynical tackle a dirty tackle? I am not a fan of sports jargon or jargon for that matter.
    Cynical is defined as 'distrusting or disparaging the motives of others'. In other words...I am cynical of the usage of the word cynical in this context. Let's keep it simple.

    July 5, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  256. kopatich

    To call this cheating seem like an mis-use of the word cheat and to want to change the rules of football to allow a goal like this is not to understand the sport or even physics. It is not cheating, because he got what he deserved based on the rules, hence it is NOT cheating. He is a football hero because he did what needed to be done to provide his team another chance. Ghana did not deserve to win if they can not manage all the requirements of football which requires that you also know how to kick a penalty under pressure. Finally, to change the rules, to allow this goal? If the goal did not go over the line, we are going to use physics and cameras to ensure that the ball would not hit a post and come out, bounce of a post and on the line? How will you measure FOR SURE in all possible conditions and situations. URUGUAY WON FAIR AND SQUARE!!!

    July 5, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  257. Derrick Mead

    Awarding a Red Card and Penalty Kick was fair. The rule is just.

    You want to make changes the the game, do something about the players writhing on the pitch as if their spinal column has just been ripped from their body any time someone goes near them. It is disgraceful and shames the game.

    July 5, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  258. Gonzalo

    It´s seems that the person who made this article is quite envious about uruguayan clasification! Come on! Suarez had the red card, he can´t play the next match, they have the panalty! What else do you want? It was a reaction! If that situation was to Gerard sure it was correctly! I think you should assimilate it and watch the semi final at home 😉

    July 5, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  259. LM

    Suarez didn't "cheated," he committed a "Sending-off offense." This kind of offense is seen on some soccer matches and, it's normal while not common. Please read the rules at http://www.fifa.com /mm/document/affeder ation/generic/81/42/ 36/lawsofthegame%5f2 010%5f11%5fe.pdf (pag. 35)

    Suarez played soccer by the rules and while we can discuss if FIFA should change the rules in the future, current Suarez' actions were faithfully to the game. Then morally correct for the context.

    On soccer cheating means using drugs or pushing the game on a hidden (from the referee) way, it was not the case.

    Soiling Suarez' reputation will not make Ghana win a soccer match and it is likely to be even worse, from a moral point of view, than anything that happened on the match.

    July 5, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  260. Edward Sevume

    Suarez,the cheat shows how long FIFA has to go in order to refine the meaning of the words "Fair play" in footboll.
    There has been lots of instancies where modernity in footboll has come into question. For this is the 21st century and the rules of the game reflect a culture some decades past in the last century with lots of dust all over!
    The leaders of the organisation of the beautifull game are abstaining from all discussion of new technology that would aid the refrees do a great job.
    Through cheating, a country can proceed further – do you remember the hand of God by Maradona, that touch by Henry that send the French into a fiasco, and now Suarez whos magical cheat led to Ghana loosing the goal that should have decided their fate in the World cup. I saw Suarez laugh when Gyan missed the penalty. That told me everything about all that is wrong with the beautiful game. There are no rules to reinforce fairness! Untill those rules are in place, then Blatter could speak of fairplay. Otherwise the rules as of today do reward cheaters like Suarez and many others mentioned here!

    One thing is clear, if a player maliciously stops the boll from going into the goal with the sole purpose of averting the scales of the game (as in the case of Suarez) the rule should be that the goal be rewarded to the scoring side side plus a red card to the offender.
    This would help stop offenders like Suarez have their way in the game!

    July 5, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  261. Nora

    Agree 100%. This is a really bad precedent moving forward for any kickout match going the extra time. Also really unnaceptable the rather arrogant attitude instead of a humble repent from Suarez and some uruguayans. This type of tricks and attitudes are not what football soccer fans looks for

    July 5, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  262. Un4given

    As someone already said, in soccer GOALS are made, not deserved. Lets no compare Soccer with other sports, soccer will never apply rules like Americans Sports do, where they have tons of stupid rules for every little microscope case, you can have thousands of time out, video replying, unlimited player substitutions, these are rules more like for little kids who will cry for everything, just too boring for the rest of the world.

    July 5, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  263. Un4given

    By the way, Africa is at least 20 years away from being in a World Cup semifinal. Their soccer skills are to weak and impossible to compare with Europe and South Africa soccer, which is way superior!

    July 5, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  264. Un4given

    I meant South America, hahaha.....

    July 5, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  265. Brazil Fan

    Uruguay has no integrity nor honor in their win and should be ashamed of even qualifying in such a manner. Where's your sportsmanship? FIFA should have harsher penalties for these outrageous incidences to prevent such happenings being a norm in the next World Cup. Uruguay should go home wondering if a header or shoulder is sufficient to deflect the ball instead of Ghana wondering if without the foul, it was a goal!

    Ghana, you are one of the semi-finalists!

    July 5, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  266. Revelation

    Bottom line is this: Football has been played for about 150 years with the same basic rules. Why then change it to make it look like other sports? Football is not about perfection, it is about (like a comment I read above said) human nature. Although I agree that technology should be involved to assist referees, it would steal some of the passion and the subjectivity of the game. When we, as kids, played football we did not have HawkEyes to follow the game. We knew that if playing with stronger and unfair oponents required from us to be better, faster and sometimes unfair too. That put some heat in our veins, and even if we lost we knew that we had given the best of ourselves. Let's not make football a stop and go game like American Football, Basketball or Hockey for the game's sake!! Pretending to regulate and control Football to the very detail will just kill all the excitement it is about.

    July 5, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  267. Deb

    Flaco, no tenés ni idea.
    No miraste el partido sólo viste el flash de cnn.

    July 5, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  268. Incredible


    Obviously you are not objective, and you should not write about football if you don’t understand the basic differences with other sports. Furthermore, comparing a goal with the hand with an almost instinct reaction… that “sacrificed” Suarez play against the country where he’s the top scorer… almost ridiculous..please!!

    If you want to talk about cheating, talk also about how an invented fault was given to Ghana in a dangerous distance at the end of the game, that generated this situation. Please comment on that one. Why don’t you also talk about Ghana first goal when time and extension was over? This is football, assume it…

    There’s no worst lie than a half truth!!!

    These are the rules of the game, he got a red card and Ghana missed not only the penalty, but also two other penalties. I’m sorry for Ghana, but fotball IS football...

    July 5, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  269. musah fifa

    yes you have already call your self un4givenchild so go Un4givenchild,and let me tell you something we are 20 years in the world cup not 80 years we thank God, but let me tell you that Ghana is just 4 years,and mind you Uruguay is 80 years in this world cup and they can't win just a Country who is just 4 years on the systerm by foot,Uruguay are cheaters, they should go and learn again, and i promise you that anytime that Ghana will meet Uruguay ,Ghana is going to beat them, and i promise you again that in just 8 years coming an African Country is going to win the world cup INSHA ALLAH.

    July 5, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  270. TJ

    U guys are killing me!

    Stop calling the beautiful game soccer!


    July 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  271. ben

    This article is ridiculous. With this criteria also the clear penalty not awarded to Uruguay and two wrongfuly marked offsides for the same team could have been clear goals. What about the goal not awarded to England? Or the many mystakes done by referees? Suarez did a fault and he was punished, end of story. Its all part of the game and shows desperation, courage and will to win not minding the consecuences. IS called spirit, and was what Argentina missed against Germany. Uruguay, a small tiny country, deserves to be there and go for more. From Israel, go Uruguay!!!!!!

    July 5, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  272. Federico

    Desde Uruguay, el partido desde un comienzo debio ser ganado por Uruguay, ghana cometio muchisimas faltas y el arbitro no saco tarjetas practicamente, mas de 1 jugador africano debio ver la roja, eso condiciono el juego. No cobraron un penal clarisimo a favor de Uruguay en el 2º tiempo y la falta previa al tiro en que se comete la roja por suarez y es penal no existio, el jugador se cae solo. Aprendan aver el futbol como es, ese penal cometido por suarez nunca debio haber si quiera existido. Uruguay fu mucha mas y gano el partido pese al mal arbitraje claramente a favor del juego de Ghana

    July 5, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  273. Oliverio

    "One thing is clear, if a player maliciously stops the boll from going into the goal with the sole purpose of averting the scales of the game (as in the case of Suarez) the rule should be that the goal be rewarded to the scoring side side plus a red card to the offender."

    Really, what do you know about football to claim this?
    Football's rules are pretty clear about this: you touch the ball with your hands inside your goalkeeper's area, it's an automatic penalty shot and you get a red card. That's exactly what happenned.
    What, may I ask are your credentials to challenge FIFA's ruling on this? Are you an authority on the game?
    May I remind you that in 1990, Spain did the exact same thing to avert a goal from Uruguay, and Ruben Sosa failed his shot, just like the Ghanese? No one said a word about cheating or unfair play back then, or claimed a goal should have been awarded. We Uruguayans just shrugged and went on with the match and the tournament, since this is a fairly common situation in our sport. Heck, not even the Ghanese, who were the ones who lost the match are accusing Suarez of cheating, since had they'd been in the same position, they would've done exactly the same thing.
    What's worse, associating a legitimate (and possibly fatal since it's an automatic penalty shot, red card and suspension) way to avert a sure goal with an ilegitimate hand goal like Maradona's isn't really that ethical, from a journalistic point of view.
    I'm not claiming complete objectivity on this matter, I'm Uruguayan after all. You have the right to an oppinion, but I think you're going to far here. My take on this is that since you're probably an American, you don't know a thing about football so we have to forgive stupid oppinions like this from people like you. Go cover baseball, basketball or that rugby aberration you guys like to call football, but please, for the love of god, stop talking about our beatiful game.

    July 5, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  274. lirain

    sorry for ghana if they goal the penalty kick for the hanball of Luis suares,i dont care about what is your opinion for that game,uruguay can win in worldcup championship..

    July 5, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  275. mancuso


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  276. Ariel

    there are rules. they were applied by the official and Suarez got a red card and out he went. the penalty was missed by the Ghana player. it´s his resposibility. Suarez acted instinctively in the heat of the game. that´s it.
    it´s not necessary to change rules, just apply the existing ones.

    July 5, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  277. Bill

    I've given up on football. It started with Henry's handball, back then it wasn't cheating, apparently. I just don't get how people can say that what Suarez did is part of the game, and I'l l bet I've followed football for as long as any of the sanctimonious fools conspiring to promote football as untouchable. Good for you. Now go buy some FIFA World Cup Merchandise TM and pay for another of Jack Warner's watches. Or contribute to the salary of a "professional" who can be beaten at their own game by a part timer, depending what mood their in. If footballers were that good they would perform when needed. That's what a professional does.

    Get real and open your eyes

    July 5, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  278. ebenezer

    am really surprised people supporting wrong acts,mr olivera because some one did the wrong thing in 1990 so you also have to repeat it.
    what alex is saying he thus not deserve insults and also bringing racial stuff.alex is not american but british still supportng the wrong thing. you need to learn before you talk and also respect your self. football is a game to bring people together but saying stupid stuff please respect your self.NO WONDER YOU ARE SUPPORTING WRONG STUFF HAHAHA.

    i learnt suarez caused people life resulting some people being rush to hospitals and some dying.

    July 5, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  279. JPMiami

    This is not cheating at all. This was a spare of the moment reaction by Suarez.
    How premeditated can this handball be when you have fractions of a second to make this move? It is an automatic penalty kick and a red card for the player, with suspension of one game, that was exactly what happened.

    Suarez has been one of the best players this world cup. He is now a national hero, this is soccer, unpredictable and aside from good teamwork, great skill and speed , there is the "Luck Factor", a major component in soccer. The victory of Spain over Ghana was pure luck, after each team missed a penalty kick and Villa’s goal crossed the line after the ball hit the posts 3 times. How do you explain that?

    July 5, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  280. JPMiami

    Join this nice support group on Facebook in favor of technology to be introduced by FIFA:


    July 5, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  281. Gerard

    Remember: In the same play there was many cheat about the referee. For example, previous of the hand, it has a shot, previous of the shot the referee states the foul, but the foul wasnt. I was a referee invention. Also, in the shot it was 1 player of Ghana in off side position, the number 10, whos shot was stopped by Suarez by his feet, later was the head shot stopped by suarez by hand. So, there are more referee cheating. The hand was a reflex of Suarez. The referee had to take out of the field many Ghana players because of awfuls fouls. See: Uruguay 2 players off of the tournament because of Ghanas fouls. Please see the match and then make a comment.

    July 5, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Reply
  282. Enzo

    People from the US that don´t play football shouldn´t even dare writing this kind of article.

    Football is like that!

    HE touched it, got a red card, the other team got a penalty kick.


    MAybe we should start stopping the watch at every fault like on basketball as well??

    Give me a break...

    July 5, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  283. Enzo

    @ Oliverio

    "Heck, not even the Ghanese, who were the ones who lost the match are accusing Suarez of cheating, since had they'd been in the same position, they would've done exactly the same thing."

    Actually, Pantsil one of their defenders said that "In the same situation, there is no chance the Ghana players would have used our hand. In any case, we would have made sure we would clear the ball with our head.""

    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight!!!! they would have done exactly the same thing! They just don't have the 6@115 to admit it...

    Vamo arriba la celeste!

    July 5, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  284. travis

    rules are meant to be a deterent, and as we saw on friday, a red card and penalty kick is not good enough, I think a goal and a red card will do. acts like that are taking away the gloss from football. I have no idea why do FIFA parade the yellow flag before every game if they condone cheating, cause they seem not to be taking any action.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  285. Ademir Arruda

    The ball did not cross de line. So. It can not be goal. Never !

    July 5, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Reply
  286. samuel

    It's a shame that CNN does not have a properly prepared soccer anchor.

    It's all the result of the great bussiness that futbol means for the huge enterprises making use of the noble sport and the noble fans around the world in order to make a lot of money.


    July 5, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Reply
  287. sam

    yes, why not give the crooked refs from 3rd World Countries even more power. They already can disallow goals without having to explain themselves, why not let them give goals away to the team they need to win.

    July 6, 2010 at 2:19 am | Reply
  288. SD

    Suarez should have been given the man of the match

    July 6, 2010 at 3:21 am | Reply
  289. mark

    Anybody who thinks it is an easy task to score a penalty shot, a free throw, a field goal attempt, at any level, in any sport, has never taken one that meant anything. This was not a shoot out where he had backups in case he missed. Ghana was penalized. Uruguay was rewarded. Ghana had earned the goal already. There is a beautiful balance it Futbol, an chances are Uruguay will find out from the Netherlands. But you have to be honest and admit that Ghana earned the goal and the win. Uruguay just found a way out of the maze. And yes, Suarez should politely shut his mouth. If he had any strength, he would not have cried with head in hands as he walked off the pitch. He would have stood and watched with confidence in his goal keeper, even if it was from the tunnel.

    July 6, 2010 at 4:46 am | Reply
  290. Whatever

    You are correct this game is unique and different just like every other game out there. Each has its rules and the game each of us like the most is the one that is "different" from all of the other games. So what.

    Skip the "sacrifice" made by Suarez. He had two choices – break the rules or go home. He chose to break the rules. He got lucky and was rewarded for his choice. But stop with the instinct and all that. Whenever you have a set of rules people will make decisions to break them if they see the reward might be worth the risk. Here the reward was high relative to the risk and he won. Rule changes won't stop that coice they will just drive a different choice.

    It is a separate issue around quality officiating and goal scoring. Hockey uses technology on goal scoring and they are a low scoring game too. Baseball uses technology on home runs but still lets umpires make most calls and when they screw up a pitcher loses a perfect game. Too much penalty to the player for a bad official call.

    Wake up, grow up and accept a little technology. It will help the game, unless all you really want to do is fight about the results anyway.

    Remember footballers – you are different – just like everyone else.

    July 6, 2010 at 5:47 am | Reply
  291. Cat6

    Uruguay did cheat but fairness was awarded to Ghana via penalty. It is Ghana's fault for not capitalizing on it! And for the record, cheaters never prosper, Netherlands will beat Uruguay.

    July 6, 2010 at 5:57 am | Reply
  292. Carlos

    At the beginning of every game fifa displays a flag promoting FAIR PLAY.

    Fifa how fair is that uruguai hand ball that certainly would be a KO ?

    That incident is now telling us that cheating pays off, and is the way to go.

    July 6, 2010 at 7:46 am | Reply
  293. wofa

    Ghana had a 100% chance of the ball going into the net.... until that little cheat Suarez... through FIFA's rules reduce it to a 50-50%..... DOES NOT FAIR PLAY...thats FOUL PLAY...

    July 6, 2010 at 8:56 am | Reply
  294. Ben

    He may feel proud now, but how will he feel if he gets eprived in the same way. I don't think somebody who minipulates the rules of soccer like that should be allowed to play.

    July 6, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  295. Gimme a break!

    Yes, its true that Soccer is prone to cheating. Yet all these soccer haters saying that Soccer rewards cheating etc. are neglecting our problem with our sports: STEROIDS. It seems to me that in North America , we mostly 'reward' cheaters who use steroids . Talk about HYPOCROSY!

    July 6, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  296. Edward Sevume

    Footboll should be a reflection of human values. The game is between humans! Cheating is against the morals of humanity, unless if those propagating for cheating are from Mars. Little wonder that they could even tolerate cheating in other walks of life at home.
    Are those the right morals you would like to teach your children? For footboll, aside from being an entertainement instilts cultural values on how to behave and treat others. I understand that this is a farfetched discussion here!!! But still, we are humans, not animals! Thanx to CCN for availing humanly opportunities!

    July 6, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  297. Akua

    what Suarez did is unpardenable. God will punish him

    July 6, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  298. mood control

    i hope the dutch crush those south american CHEATERS... and that suarez falls on a knife. shameful disgrace to the beautiful game.

    July 6, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  299. Jorge

    If you follow the rules; are you cheating?
    The most severe punishment is a penalty kick AND a red card.
    Suarez and Uruguay got them; the ref and every one else followed the rules; please explain where is the cheating?

    July 6, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  300. Jorge

    "It was in the dying seconds of extra-time and there was no time for the subsequent red card to affect Uruguay’s chances. If Suarez hadn’t used his hands to block Dominic Adiyiah’s header, Ghana would have become the first African country ever to reach a World Cup semifinal."

    I have another interpretation:
    If Ghana had scored -it happens more than 93% of the time- we would not be involved in this controversy

    July 6, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  301. carlos Acevedo

    Look at this video!!!!!!

    Ghana cheated Uruguay and not the other way around!!!!!!!!

    The player of Ghana simulated (cheated) a fault immediately before the penalty, and then there was offside!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So, why all this scandal in the Anglo Saxon media??? because they wanted an African team in the semifinals?? Because they want to wash their dirty conscience for colonialism.


    July 6, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  302. food for thought

    well, with not offense to the uruguayan team that played an excellent game Suarez cheat, doesnt matter if he was punished or not, or the punishment was fair or unfair to the player, he just cheat. The question should be what FIFA would do about to stop a decisive game by this behavior? and I could go further it was not just a quick reaction but a conscious one. Moreoever, he was no the only trying to use his hands (besides the keaper) to stop the ball. There was another uruguayan blantly with his hand up instead of trying using his head, if few words there were three goalkeapers for uruguay in that last play. Yo can like it or not but that doesnt stop the fact he just cheat and it doesnt matter who was the other team, ghana, servia, argentina, and so on. It doesnt make a different if Gyan have scored or not since it will be a cheat anyway. Again, what FIFA will do about it for future games? Im not the one neither any other fan here to say, FIFA has to decide. So far that is one of the main reason soccer/football still not that appreciate by fans in the USA despite having 23 million watching USA soccer games. FIFA has to stop this kind of things to happen again, not just for this game but several other games like Paraguay – Spain, Germany – England, Argentina and Mexico, and so on. When will this inconsistencies against what they called FAIR PLAY will stop? So far I just watched few games with real FAIR PLAY while the other 60% haven't been due to a player or referees that has been real bad.

    July 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  303. Karen

    Uruguay showed that they cannot go any further in the World Cup without cheating. Besides, half the team likes to kiss men. The Netherlands will pound Uruguay into the ground and send their swarthy, little, soccer team home where they belong.

    July 6, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  304. RNdupuechi

    Ghana should have been awarded the goal. I watched the game in an American pub with a room full of American spectators, who were dumbfounded that the point was not automatically awarded. I wouldn't go so far as to call it 'cheating,' only because football has many areas where players "act" just to get some time. Is this also cheating?

    There are several flaws in football – not including instant replay, albeit with limits so it doesn't slow down an – an an American opinion – already slow game – is another flaw. Even with that shrewd – yes, it was shrewd – move by Suarez the Ghana/Uruguay game was the BEST of the WC tournament. It was fast, exciting and energetic up to the end!

    July 6, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  305. EX-pat SP

    stop being biased for african countries. there is penalty for what saurez did, and he got exactly what is defined in the rules. sadly, there have been many worse transgression that have not received adequate punishments. from the ivory coast player grabbing his head after running into the back of Kaka, Capdevila's dive against portugal, or ghana intentionally slowing down the game in extra time against uruguay by over exaggerating injuries and lying down extendly. that is the real problem with the game, but pointing out that won't win you any journalistic awards. but i wouldn't expect anything less from a reporter that has said repeatedly that spain beat germany in the semi-finals euro 2008.

    July 7, 2010 at 11:11 am | Reply
  306. musah fifa

    So where are Uruguay? are they in the final?cheaters, hey Uruguayos learn how to call Ghanaias not Ghanase we are speaking English here not Spanish,so thanks to the Netherlands who beat the cheaters,why can't you cheat the Netherlands, cheaters, so thanks to Europeans for playing all european finals,i wish all of them good luck.

    July 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  307. Soccer Fan 101

    A lot of you commentators including Alex Thomas should get one thing right and that is what Suarez did is NOT cheating is perfecly legal. Alex Thomas before you write something so dumb like this Cheating was rewarded in spectacular fashion........at least learn the rules of the game and watch more than one or two games before you make yourself silly again.

    July 7, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  308. Martin Helsingborg Sweden

    It's the world cup, it happens once every 4th year, anyone ruled to be transgressions of this magnitude should be banned from the continued cup, not just one match, all of them and possibly the next one 4 years away too.

    Refereeing on a whole needs to be updated bad, linesmen, refs, it's all very dated and we've all seen that the game is too fast and too much about playing the ref these days to allow the current freakshow to continue unchecked.

    July 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  309. Pathetic

    It seems that the point of soccer is to fall over and try to cheat the reff into giving you the advantage. It is pathetic behaviour by pathetic players of a pathetic sport.
    Where is the sportsmanship, where is the honour????

    July 8, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  310. Tim Collier

    This wouldn't even be an issue had Gyan made the penalty. Nobody would be talking about Suarez's handball and the subsequent red card. The rules are fair the way they are. Gyan missed and that is why Ghana lost, end of story. In my opinion the whole ordeal actually cost Uruguay dearly. I believe that had Suarez played against the Netherlands he would have made a big difference and very likely helped his team win. Suarez should have been more humble about it, but his handball is not the biggest issue. The real issue with cheating in football is the ridiculous amount of flopping that still goes on. This needs to stop. If the ref fails to penalize a player for flopping, FIFA should review games and penalize players after the fact. The NBA can issue fines to players for events in games, FIFA should do the same.

    July 10, 2010 at 8:08 am | Reply
  311. Tim Collier

    The whole point to having two defenders backing up the goalie in such a play is so that those defenders can do whatever it takes to protect the goal. Anyone complaining about Suarez handling the ball is clearly not a long time fan of football, this kind of play happens and the way the ref dealt with the situation is exactly how it's supposed to happen. What Suarez did isn't cheating, anyone who says so knows nothing about football.

    July 10, 2010 at 8:13 am | Reply
  312. irish girl

    Suarez touched the ball, in a gutsy move, born more out of sheer reflects and instant reaction, rather than an orchestrated plan to cheat. All the commentators that have voiced their opinions critizing Suarez and Uruguay, need to get more aquainted with the game, the rules, the teams and the players. Uruguay has been on of the best performers thorughout this tournament, even though expectations were not that high for them from the on set. They reached the world cup beating Costa Rica in repechage games. Suarez, and the rest of Uruguays' team, have played with heart, good tecnique, and to the best of their abilities, they have been outmost courteous in the field and brave to the end. They came in obtaining the last ticket on the COMEBOL, and are leaving through the big door, they did what real athletes are supposed to do: show up for the big game and do their best. Ghana was awarded a penalty kick after the red card as it was mandated by the rules, and just fair. It was a dead sentence for Uruguay, the team that had played a better brand of football for 89 minutes, and was most likely going home after that kick. Ghana had a golden historic chance. They missed it. You dont miss these types of shots on the last minute of the biggest game. Winners do not, ask 1994 Italy's Roberto Baggio. Winners are supposed to perform when it counts, at the world cup second round, you dont win a game on accumulated glory or points, you win it on the day you play, and how you play. This is just one of the things that makes soccer great, and this is why it is the most popular sports on earth. Bravo Uruguay, for honoring your team, your country and, best of all, The Game.

    July 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  313. jeebee holland

    Suarez is a cheater.. a diver... should be punished for misconduct.. ......

    but if Suarez would have been a player of your own country.. you would all have been very happy!

    by the way... i think it's really time for FIFA to step up and change some rules.. en use camera's on the goal line!

    July 11, 2010 at 6:35 am | Reply
  314. Hemlock

    Pathetic. This, more than anything, displays the moral degredation becoming cultural, where everyone argues that that's just the rules. Pathetic, because the whole point is that if the rules are clearly unfair or outdated or ludicrously ridiculed, such as by Suarez's action, the whole point is to improve them.

    It is so pathetic to see all the fans argue for goal-line technology and yet remain satisfied with the cheating happening. Yes, it was cheating. The unfair advantage remained, it was a calculated act, and more essentially, getting punished does not in any way make it any less cheating. It just meaned someone didn't pull a Maradona and get away with it. That, if anything more, proves Thomas' point – that so many football fans are inured to this.

    That, is most disgusting.

    July 11, 2010 at 7:42 am | Reply
  315. Michael

    A lot of people on these pages talk of 'cheating' and insult Suarez and Uruguay. They say it should have been Ghana in the semi-final.

    Those people should remember it was Kevin-Prince Boateng from Ghana who made during the English cup final sure that his country would not have to oppose Germany with Ballack in the world cup 2010 group stage. He severely injured Ballack with a vicious foul. By the standards of the aforementioned people, Boateng and Ghana should not have played the group stage.

    It's OK, keep on claiming that the players from Ghana would never have touched the ball with their hands if the situation was reversed. Apparently, kicking your opponents star players out of the tournament is an entirely different matter and not cheating.

    July 11, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  316. Micke

    I can just not understand how you as a player like for ex. Robben constantly milk every situation for a penalty etc, when the quality of the replay on televison today is so incredibly good that anyone can spot a amature actor-player without even knowing anything about football. Doesn't Robben have more pride in his true player skills and in being a professional footballplayer than that? He, and many other, allways look like their going to die after almost any contact with another player and constantly run around and complain about everything afterwards. Why dont they instead focus on the obvious, THE GAME!

    July 12, 2010 at 8:57 am | Reply
  317. Calabar

    I think it is important for FIFA to change the rule from a red card + penalty kick to a red card + counted goal. My rationale is simply this, if FIFA does not change the rule, Luis Suarez has set the precedent and going forward in future world cup there will be a greater likelihood that players will commit a hand ball in the goal especially in knockout games. It only happened once in the 2010 World Cup and I would dreaded seeing it repeated in the 2014 WC. Changing to a red card + counted goal will dissuade players from committing hand ball in the goal because the goal will be counted regardless and their team would play one man less.

    July 12, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  318. jj

    suarez did what he had to do – he stopped the ball from going in the net. the refs did what they had to do – they carded him and awarded Ghana a penatly. Ghana missed their chance, end of story. Every four years people suddenly become huge fans of this game but somehow want to change all the rules? Let's get rid of refs and use instant replay for everything, which will require time outs and clock stoppage of course, let's award people free points (pass interference?) let's stop the drama to draw the card (which is as much a part of soccer as anything)...it sounds like we're trying to turn this sport into American Football.

    July 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  319. Fernando

    From your comments I assume you're English. Get over it! Pompous and righteous smartass! Thanks to cheating your country has its only World Cup

    July 12, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  320. mfmaxpower

    Bro, invest some time in learning about the game... what you have described is NOT cheating, just like a late slide tackle is not cheating. It was a foul, and it was treated exactly as the rules dictate.

    Yes, a very good case can be made for changing the rules – in fact there are many things about football that could use changing – but don't call a guy a cheater because he does what any other footballer worth his worth would do, that is counted as a foul and nothing more than the governing rules of the sport.

    Cheating is paying-off referees. An intentional hand-ball is a foul, nothing more.

    July 20, 2010 at 7:28 am | Reply
  321. SelecaoSupporter

    Funny story. Do you know how the US qualified for the World Cup in 1990? Through the very same "cynical cheating" described in this article. The US is up 1-0 on Costa Rica in a game that would prove to be the points they needed to qualify.

    In the 90th minute, Alvaro Solano hits a cross that is about to roll over the line, and American Steve Trittschuh (not the goalie) dives on the ball as its rolling to give Costa Rica a penalty shot. US goalie Dave Vanole saves the shot, the US go on to win, and qualify in 1990.

    Funny how in that story, the act of diving on the ball is reported by ESPN as, "Steve Trittschuh alertly diving on the ball", and not "rewarding an act of cynical cheating".

    July 20, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Reply
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