Luis Suarez faced the media on Thursday on the eve of the match between Uruguay and Ghana at the 2022 World Cup. Twelve years after stopping a Ghanaian shot with his hand in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, the striker South American refused to ask for forgiveness and assumed his gesture.
A mythical moment of the 2010 World Cup. If in France we have necessarily retained the episode of the strike of the Blues, the quarter-final between Uruguay and Ghana has left an unforgettable memory to the entire African continent. Close to taking Africa to the semi-finals of a World Cup for the first time in its history, Ghana finally failed on penalties against Celeste. The fault of the penalty missed by Asamoah Gyan at the end of the extension… after a rescue from the hand of Luis Suarez on his line. Twelve years after this unforgettable meeting, and on the eve of a Ghana-Uruguay at the 2022 World Cup, the striker has fully assumed his stop.
« I’m not going to apologize for that. Of course, I took the ball out of my hand, but it was not me who missed the penalty. It was the Ghanaian player, said Thursday at a press conference. the 35-year-old striker I could have apologized if I tackled and injured a player while taking a red card, but in this situation I took a red, the penalty was called, but this It’s not my fault that the Ghanaian missed his penalty. »
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Suarez has moved on, Ghana must do the same
Logically expelled after his hand against Ghana, Luis Suarez then exulted over Gyan’s failure and his cunning had even been praised in Uruguay after qualifying for the last four. Qualified this Thursday as « devil » by a Ghanaian during his appearance in front of the journalists, the former partner of Lionel Messi at Barça asked his detractors to turn the page.
« You can’t constantly dwell on it, » said the man who returned to his training club Nacional in Montevideo before the World Cup in Qatar. If the Ghanaian media told Luis Suarez that they intended to retire him, the Black Stars coach played the appeasement card.
« It’s all about perspective. If we had passed, it would have been a harmless, normal gesture. For me, this is not a subject of great importance, sincerely, estimated Otto Addo. It is not important. J I like the fact that a player does his best to help his team. By doing this, he still self-expelled. It was a sad day for us, for me, I had followed the match on TV . But that’s normal, there is no subject. »
Addo: « A match that swelled a lot in the public and media sphere »
Ahead of Uruguay in the Group H standings, Ghana will qualify for the round of 16 if they win. A draw could even be enough for the African selection if South Korea does not win against Brazil. Suspended during the unforgettable quarter of 2010, the only survivor André Ayew will certainly be keen to offer revenge to an entire country, even an entire continent, by eliminating Luis Suarez’s Celeste.
Friday, it will not be a normal match, because it is a match that has swelled a lot in the public and media sphere. But for me, it’s just one more game, concluded Otto Addo on the subject. We want to win, we want to qualify, and if it hadn’t been for Uruguay, it would have been the same. »