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Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by ogbiwa: 3:40pm On Jul 02, 2020
"For me, the Uruguay game is a game I think we won," John Paintsil says, looking back on one of the most dramatic matches in men's World Cup history: the 2010 quarter-final between his Ghana side and Uruguay in Johannesburg.

The reality, though, is Ghana didn't win. A handball by Luis Suarez stopped a certain goalbound shot deep into injury time, in one of the most controversial and memorable moments of that tournament. Suarez was sent off - but Ghana missed the resulting spot-kick and, ultimately, went out on penalties after extra time.

The pain for Paintsil and his team-mate Hans Sarpei still lingers, 10 years on. For many Ghanaians, Suarez is the perpetrator of one of the greatest crimes in the country's sporting history.

"We were cheated," Paintsil says.

"To clear the ball from the line with your hand - it's supposed to be a goal."

Paintsil says people still talk about the incident in Ghana.

"I can't forgive him because it was not an accident." Sarpei adds.

"He knows what he has done. We were crying and you see someone who has cheated us is celebrating. How can I forgive him? Never. Never ever."

First African World Cup

On the 2 July 2010, Ghana had the footballing hopes of a whole continent on their shoulders.

South Africa was the host of Africa's first World Cup but Bafana Bafana were unable to make it past the group stage despite a valiant effort.

The other African teams had all been eliminated at the same point, leaving just the Black Stars in the competition.

"On the way to the game against Uruguay, I think everybody knew we could beat them - I think the whole world was supporting us," left-back Sarpei says.

"The way we play the game: we're playing on the front, we're attacking in front. We try to enjoy the game. When you see Ghana, it's like you're listening to music because the ball is flowing."

Ghana took the lead on the stroke of half-time via a 40-yard thunderbolt from former Portsmouth and Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari.

But Diego Forlan equalised with an exquisite free-kick and the two teams proceeded to play out in an engrossing contest - undoubtedly one of the best games of the competition - with both teams spurning chances throughout the game.

But it's the final few minutes of the match that will forever live in World Cup infamy.

Ghana won a free-kick on the edge of the box, which was whipped in by Paintsil. In an ensuing goalmouth scramble, Suarez legitimately cleared a shot off the line from captain Steven Appiah - before, seconds later, palming Dominic Adiyiah's header away from goal.

"For me, I thought, 'last man on the line, touch it with his hand, it's supposed to be a goal' - so I was already celebrating that we are through." Pantsil recalls.

"Then I saw it was a penalty and I said, 'What?' I was shouting, 'No, no, take the ball to the centre (circle), take the ball to the centre.'"

Suarez was sent off, leaving the field in tears, whilst the Ghanaian players began to celebrate.

"I think everybody from our side was thinking 'yeah, we're going to the semi-final' because Asamoah Gyan had scored two penalty goals before and he made it look easy," Sarpei says.

Gyan had been talismanic for Ghana in the tournament, leading the line and scoring the winner in the previous round against the United States - a game which had also gone to extra time.

"I was standing there and for me the ball was going into the net and we are going through to the next round." Sarpei recalls.

"Then it hit the crossbar and my first thought was like, 'is this real?' Really? The ball is not into the net? What is happening? What is the problem?'

"And then it was difficult. At this moment, when he didn't score and we had to go to the penalty shootout, the feeling was like, now it will be difficult to go to the next round."

Suarez, who had stopped in the tunnel to watch the penalty, was pictured celebrating when Gyan missed - something that still rankles with Paintsil.

"After the penalty was missed you came out and then celebrated like you're on top of the world by hurting people. At least be a professional, feel the pain. Just go to your dressing room and celebrate and then nobody will see it."

Suarez was quoted in the press saying "the hand of God now belongs to me", referencing Diego Maradona's goal against England at the 1986 World Cup.

Ghana would go on to lose via a penalty shootout and with it went Africa's golden opportunity to win a World Cup.

In the two tournaments since, no African team has come close to reaching the semi-final stage.

The match against Ghana is where Luis Suarez first gained international notoriety. Six months later, he would join Liverpool from Dutch giants Ajax.

Suarez took a gamble that helped his country get into its first semi-final since 1970, but they were beaten 3-2 by the Netherlands without him.

"One has to do what one has to do to make his country proud and that's what he did to us," says Paintsil - but asked if put in the same position as Suarez, whether he would handle the ball, he was adamant.

"There's no African player that would have done that," he argues.

"Africans are more athletic. Even when the ball is on the other line, I would have tried to kick the ball, kung-fu style."

They say time heals old wounds. But 10 years on, the wound still appears to be open for Hans and John.

"It still pains. I'm still feeling it anytime I think about it," says Pantsil.

"A lot of things would have changed in Ghanaian football, in our country and also in Africa. Maybe adding numbers to the next World Cup, the more an African team goes forward, the more we can add more countries to our package. For me I don't know when I'm going to forget about this memory but now it's part of me."

https://www.bbc.com/sport/africa/53226647

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by logon599: 3:41pm On Jul 02, 2020
Gyan had just one job, score and take Africa to a world cup semi, and they flopped.
Meanwhile who else is enjoying these 2010 world cup replays? Fantastic tournament.

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by Kriss216: 3:42pm On Jul 02, 2020
A red was given and a penalty was awarded and you are still blaming Suarez? Suarez is not even seeking for your forgiveness!
Suarez did what a good patriot would have done.

It is what it is... It's called football for a reason.

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by Zuorom: 3:50pm On Jul 02, 2020
Nonsense, something that happened ten years ago, you don't want to move on. Stay there oh.

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by Nobody: 3:52pm On Jul 02, 2020
Was he the one who told them to lose the penalty given to them?

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by Ekez(m): 4:13pm On Jul 02, 2020
Me I never forgive buhari for the pain wey im dey cause nigerians since 2015

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by Ajstyles01(m): 4:14pm On Jul 02, 2020
Suarez annoying type of player

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by Ekez(m): 4:14pm On Jul 02, 2020
That kind thing can painnnnnnnnnn

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by XXLMANDIGO: 6:41pm On Jul 02, 2020
Nasty & evil Genius....

Like Suarez, Like Sergio Ramos... tongue

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by Nobody: 6:41pm On Jul 02, 2020
Forget it. Its things like this that make me regard Suarez as one of the dirtiest players of all time

Ghana should have won that match if not for his wicked tactics.

I'm sure its his fake goat that taught him angry

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by phr0nesis(m): 6:41pm On Jul 02, 2020
Blame the idiot who played the penalty as if it was his grandmother in the goalpost

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by eedimo(m): 6:41pm On Jul 02, 2020
hmm
Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by LaIabobo: 6:42pm On Jul 02, 2020
Pained Losers cheesy cheesy
Instead of blaming Gyan, they are still sulking over Suarez's patriotic act.

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by MANNABBQGRILLS: 6:42pm On Jul 02, 2020
FORGIVE AND FORGET make the world worth living.

At MANNABBQGRILLS, NO time to hate.
Focus that hatred into something useful for your life.

Fastestmanalive:

No man what he did was simply unforgivable.
If it were you in that situation would you have forgiven him angry
We are talking about 10 years ago on!
Haha now.


Thank God say man no be God oooo wink

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by chiemmanuel(m): 6:42pm On Jul 02, 2020
Suarez is a patriot and should be made a saint in Uruguay for that action.....he should be named Saint dentition...
In some instances, it's better to go one man down than to concede a goal.valverde of Madrid took almost the same decision against atletico Madrid and it paid off



If we can have politicians in Nigeria like Suarez,our country would be paradise

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by Nobody: 6:42pm On Jul 02, 2020
They will never forgive Suarez aswear....


That is the picture


Suarez the Goal keeper gringringrin

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by ElRapido: 6:42pm On Jul 02, 2020
Mumu people. Who your forgiveness epp. Him don have better career than all Ghanaian players from the beginning of time till now.

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by Stallion93(m): 6:42pm On Jul 02, 2020
grin

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by MANNABBQGRILLS: 6:42pm On Jul 02, 2020
Javamannn23:
The guy should not set foot in Ghana
WHAT will happen to him

NOTHING.

Ghanaians are very nice people.

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by freshkpomo(m): 6:43pm On Jul 02, 2020
Hate kills fast and Suarez is now a national hero... That's the spirit of a soldier..


Together we can make Nigeria better.


Say no then old leaders.


God bless Nigeria.

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by Andrew13: 6:44pm On Jul 02, 2020
Lol

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by Ndukkka24(m): 6:44pm On Jul 02, 2020
They should keep Hating while Suarez's Career is bigger than Ghana as a country.

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by sammysneh(m): 6:44pm On Jul 02, 2020
Ghanaians no go ever forgive Suarez..
Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by KingAzubuike(f): 6:44pm On Jul 02, 2020
He isn't the cause of their frustration. They got a penalty to win that match yet threw away the golden chance.

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by directonpc(m): 6:44pm On Jul 02, 2020
Thank you Suarez, Ghana must not be the first African nation to make it past that stage of the world cup.

them no born them well.

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by Bobotic(m): 6:44pm On Jul 02, 2020
Since 2010 !

Strong Hearted Country Like Nigeria

GHANA MUST GO grin

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Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by Sundaypaul12345: 6:45pm On Jul 02, 2020
Hahan
Re: Ghana Players Yet To Forgive Luis Suarez's 2010 World Cup Handball by Tonylyte(m): 6:46pm On Jul 02, 2020
Ghana what ayew Ghana do now?

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