It’s safe to say that Luis Suarez has had a few controversial moments in his career.
From numerous biting incidents, to saying a few unsavoury things to Patrice Evra, the Uruguayan is one of football’s most enduring bad boys.
But perhaps his most infamous moment came at the 2010 World Cup, with his outrageous goalkeeper-esque handball on the goalline to deny Ghana a winning goal in the dying seconds of extra time during their quarter-final clash.
Suarez was naturally sent off for the dirty play and Asamoah Gyan missed the subsequent penalty, while Uruguay went on to win the penalty shoot-out.
After the match, Suarez boasted about his goal-denying save, saying”the Hand Of God now belongs to me ” – which suitably annoyed everyone (who wasn’t from Uruguay).
Speaking via The Player’s Tribune, the striker opened up about the finer details of the infamous moment with Barcelona’s Gerard Pique – and even revealed how a teammate PASSED OUT on the Uruguay bench following the penalty miss.
Discussing how he felt in the moment he was sent off, Suarez said: “the truth is, it was a bit of everything — of being depressed, of being sad, of being sent off.
“Because we were going to lose, but if they weren’t scoring that goal we weren’t going to lose, and you get up within 30 seconds when he takes the penalty kick.
“I took a risk in a situation of which I have been blamed for unfair play.
“However, the Ghana player missing the penalty is not my fault.”
And moments after his sending off, Suarez openly celebrated the penalty miss as he made his way to the tunnel, while emotions inside the stadium – on and off the pitch – were running high.
Suarez said: “I didn’t kick anyone or anything like that, that’s why I think that I celebrated like that, for having taken a risk for something that was worth it.
“And I remember that I celebrated it more than a goal and a teammate on the bench passed out on that play.”
According to Suarez, the player in question was Juan Guillermo Castillo, who was Uruguay’s reserve goalkeeper at the time.
He added: “In the celebration of the penalty kick, he says he passed out.
“And well, I left screaming and went to the locker room to watch the penalty kicks.
“And, the truth is, it was painful watching the penalty kicks in the locker room.”
What a moment, eh?
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