The "Hand of God" belongs to Luis Suárez

"The Hand of God now belongs to me. Mine is the real Hand Of God, I made the best save of the tournament. Sometimes in training I play as a goalkeeper so it was worth it." said Suárez.

The Uruguay striker Luis Suárez has evoked Diego Maradona's infamous goal against England in 1986, declaring "the Hand Of God now belongs to me" after he broke Ghana's hearts and helped his side reach the World Cup semi-finals.

Fifa have confirmed Suárez could miss the rest of the tournament after his handball on the goalline denied Ghana a winner in the dying seconds of extra time during their quarter-final. Asamoah Gyan missed the subsequent penalty, and Uruguay went on to win a shoot-out. Suárez was given a straight red card, and Fifa's disciplinary committee will now decide whether to increase a one-match ban and cause the Ajax player miss the final or third-place play-off.

Okay, maybe it wasn’t ethically the right thing to do, because handball is cheating. But in terms of winning the quarterfinal against Ghana, Uruguay’s Luis Suarez did exactly the right thing by briefly taking up volleyball to keep Dominic Adiyiah’s header from going in.

Because that ball was going in. So assuming Suarez was aware of his actions, he faced a choice between not handballing and so allowing Ghana to score with only second left on the clock, and committing a blatant handball to give Uruguay a chance. The punishment was a red card for Suarez and a penalty to Ghana, but neither of those things are as bad as being knocked out in the last minute of a Word Cup quarter-final. So even if Asamoah Gyan had scored the resulting penalty (which he didn’t) Suarez still made the right choice to commit the foul, take the punishment and then see what happened from the penalty spot. Eventually, Suarez's contribution earned Uruguay a berth in semifinal.

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