Luis Suarez, what a controversy magnet. In his short time in England he’s caused quite an uproar. The allegations against him of racism may not have been completely proven, and in my opinion I don’t think everything is black and white in that case, so to speak. But that’s not what annoys me about Suarez, I personally think prejudice will exist whether punished or not (but agree it must be punished) and it’s just one of those factors you have to accept when in a high pressure situation such as a football match.
My biggest problem with Suarez is the way he plays the game and conducts himself during a match. The biggest hate I have in football now is players that go to the floor easily, or as it’s known take a profession dive. In my opinion it just ruins the game and it shouldn’t be stood for by referees and officials during the game. Now Suarez is a pro when it comes to this. Which I don’t understand at all because he is in fact an amazingly talented footballer, some would even say world class. So why does he need to play like this, I have no idea. So simulation shouldn’t be a part of his game right?
The latest part of the Suarez story at Liverpool is the way that he scored to secure their place in the FA cup 4th round. The Liverpool forward was seen to blatantly handle the ball in order to knock it past the Mansfield goalkeeper. The handball was blatant, with flashes of Maradona ’86 reeling through any fans head, the Striker then proceeded to knock the ball into the net in a manor that made it seem to me he knew he’d used his hand to control the ball but thought he’d been caught. I personally don’t see how the linesman missed the use of a hand but it seemed he had, as a consequence Mansfield find themselves cheated out of the cup and out of a deserved replay at the famous Anfield stadium.
I know it was just a split second reaction, a mistake, that should have been spotted by the referee or his linesman and the goal disallowed but it was unfortunately missed. In my personal opinion, I think the only thing that can be done about these types of incidents is bringing the game into the 21st century and using video technology, finally, to verify claims made by the other team. Another option is an after game decision being made by a board of officials to alter the game result or strip a team of a goal, therefore the game isn’t interfered with, play can go on as usual, but the correct result can be reached and an eventual state of fairness can be brought into the game.
The only thing that still annoys me about this is that it’s not the only time that Luis has altered the result of a match with the use of his had, anyone else remember his marvelous save in the world cup against Ghana? It’s fair enough if this was his first offence, as this was seemingly a mistake, but was it really? i don’t think so, if anything this is just a repeat of the actions he displayed in the World Cup