Uruguay striker Luiz Suarez has refused to take blame for Ghana’s misfortune at the South Africa 2010 World Cup.
Ghana played Uruguay in the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup. With seconds to end the second extra-time and the score still at 1-1, Ghana thought they had grabbed the winner when Dominic Adiyiah headed the ball on target, but Luis Suarez blatantly handled the ball on the line.
Suarez was shown a red card and the Black Stars were awarded a spot kick, one which was missed by Asamoah Gyan. Uruguay eventually sailed through, beating Ghana on penalty shootouts.
The two teams will face-off one again on Friday, December 2 in the final Group H game of the ongoing World Cup. Ahead of the game, Luiz Suarez was quizzed if he’d apologize to Ghana on the 2010 incident, the former Liverpool and Barcelona star said:
“I don’t need to apologize. I’d apologize if I injured a player, but in this situation, I handled the ball, I take a red card and the Ghana player missed the penalty. It’s not my fault. I didn’t miss the penalty. It’s not my responsibility,” Suarez told the media ahead of Friday’s game.
Ghana will secure a place in the Round of 16 with a win. A draw would also be enough for the Black Stars depending on the result of the other game between South Korea and Portugal.
For Uruguay, they’ll have to beat Ghana to stand a chance of qualification.
The game will be played at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah and will kickoff at 15:00 GMT.