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Torn on the 4th of July

Torn on the 4th of July

If you think Ghana got it bad, Martin Tyler suffers World Cup heartbreak at the hands of McManaman, and co.

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David Huisman (Liverpool fan) says...

I think the biggest problem is the punishment , 1 game ban , it doesn't stop the player's from diving/handling the ball/ goalkeepers tripping strikers and all the other things that happen . What is the answer ? I really don't know but that would make a far better debate . The sending off did not help Ghana 1 bit neither did the pen , so he got away with murder , he has stolen ( once again ) what was rightfully the African continent place in the sun and that is the tragedy

Posted 08:30 8th July 2010

Dave Johnson (Blackpool fan) says...

Lets be serious about the SUAREZ incident.... He made absolutely no attempt to use a legal part of his body to block thet ball off the line... That is outright cheating in its most disgusting form!! The incident (like the Lampard goal that never was) has highlighted major floors in the laws of he game we all love so much... Suarez only did what he did because there was a possibility he would get away with it... THERE SHOULD BE NO WAY THAT CHEATING LIKE THAT CAN PAY OFF!! Even worse, he gets a 1 game ban meaning we will see him at this world cup again.. I also think its true to say that had that happened t i stronger force in national football, the whole ting would still be a bigger issue than it is today... which is also wrong!!! Does fair play only count with the big footballing nations of the world??

Posted 10:39 7th July 2010

Lyes Ferrat (Liverpool fan) says...

Suarez is a winner, how on earth people say he is a cheat i don't buy that he's done what all players do during football games witch is fight all the way to win.

Posted 18:12 6th July 2010

Martin Mcconville (Manchester United fan) says...

See Enguah (Liverpool fan) says... There was a whole lot of fury about henry's handball from the english media, but i do not find that same fury towards suarez. Is it a case of double standards? The big difference is Henry DIDN'T get send off or punished in any way.

Posted 17:45 6th July 2010

Christian Tachie-djan (Chelsea fan) says...

I strongly believe the Ghana - Uruguay game is a typical case of when Fifa has to review the rules of 'the beautiful game' which is turning ugly. A penalty goal should be awarded in such a case. I think the Ghanaians did themselves and the whole of Africa proud by getting to the quarter final stage a st better than what they chalked in the former edition staged in Germany - knock out stage. I believe they will make it to Brazil where they will surely get to the semis. (It is a prophecy and a soothsaying) I would also want to wish the Ghanaians better luck next time as Gyan was unlucky to have missed from the resultant penalty. The referee did what he had to do under the current fifa rules. We need change @ fifa.

Posted 16:23 6th July 2010

Man Untied (Manchester United fan) says...

get over it! so suarez handled the ball and prevented a goal, isnt that what goalkeepers do everytime they pull down a playing going past them and prevent a goal? i dont hear the same furore about that and if that would of happened would he still be cheating? no he would be trying to prevent a goalscoring chance. Just like Suarez, and any other footballer in the same position.

Posted 12:58 6th July 2010

Andre Valentine (Manchester United fan) says...

i think that 'mullered' is just a loose term for when something has been put through a muller, which is a tool used to grind and mix things like grain against a slab of stone. so if they were 'mullered', it means that they were totally ground to little pieces, as was the case with Argentina.

Posted 10:47 6th July 2010

Garry Paterson (Motherwell fan) says...

We need to avoid knee-jerk reactions. I was sad to see Ghana lose, and maybe a "penalty goal" would have been fair, but where do you draw the line if a player is 3 yds off the goal-line and the ball comes at an angle, maybe missing the post? Poor old ref that has to adjudge that one! I think that the "2 extra refs" trial from last yr's Europa League neeeds to come in now - it would also stop all of the jostling at free kicks/corners that is so annoying.

Posted 10:14 6th July 2010

Mark Bollands (Middlesbrough fan) says...

how is it classed as cheating? ghana got a penalty and suarez was sent off. that is the end of it. If the pen was scored would everyone be moaning. no they wouldnt. all people were doing is jumping on the ghana bandwagon coz they were the last african country left. And andy townsend etc are wrong is saying suarez's handball was as bad as maradonas hand of god. how? maradona didnt get sent off and his goal stood as a result of cheating. suarez handled and got sent off, and gave the opposition a OPPORTUNITY to score!!! and that basketball idea is just pathetic!

Posted 09:51 6th July 2010

Edwin Petersen (Manchester United fan) says...

I think what Suarez did was an utter slap in the face to FIFA's initiative of fair play. It was ,to be quite blunt, disgusting. I agree that he was punished in accordance with the laws of the game, however if this had happened to a "bigger" force in world football (point in case being the Hand of Maradonna) it would have caused an outrage and like the controversy with England's goal that never was, I can assure you that the furore would have been much bigger. To better put his actions into perspective, look at the scenario: Suarez and Muller (Germay) will miss their respective semifinal matches). Muller for an accidental handball which had absoluely no effect on the match result or the outcome of the tornament, and mind you taht he recived a yellow card only. However he will be missing the semi-finals. Suarez, will also ONL be missin the semi-finals for an act of "football terrorism". Although the laws have been enforced, i think that Suarez's actions (handball and idiotic celebration after the penalty miss) and his subsequent hero status backed up by his coach will long serve to remind us of how Uruguay cheated their way to a World Cup semi-final spot.

Posted 09:47 6th July 2010

Paul Harding (Aston Villa fan) says...

Great commentary and I am glad you are enjoying South Africa. Forget Leonardo DiCaprio, How about Charlize Theron. Although I think at this world cup there were definitely more "Oscar" contenders on the pitch than in the stands. I agree about awarding a "penalty goal" instead of a "penalty kick" It happens in rugby and other sports. You only have to work out the ratio of penalty misses at this tournament to realize that a penalty does not necessarily mean a goal

Posted 07:14 6th July 2010

Brad Mitchell (Manchester United fan) says...

Suarez clearly has no plans on ever returning to Africa after this World Cup, diving against SA in the group stages was bad enough, but now this... I also think I would've done the same in such a situation, however the celebration on the sidelines and his later comments to the press are where he crosses the line...

Posted 06:42 6th July 2010

Aaron Gandari (Barcelona fan) says...

I ask you all this: A 12 yr old watching his first world cup see's a player like Suarez do anything to gain an advantage for his team, what kind of message does this send out about our game? Mr Tyler you can say that most people would have done the same but if the attitude is win at all costs then players who dive and cheat the referee should not be condemned..

Posted 05:32 6th July 2010

Michael Murphy (Chelsea fan) says...

In Rugby if your "foul play" deliberately stops what would be a clear try its given as a penalty try even though no score was made. There is an argument for incidents like the 'Suarez' one for refs to say its a goal i.e. if he hadn't hand balled it, a goal would have been scored. I can see situations where its not so clear, the Harry Kewell incident for example. But the award of a 'Penalty Goal' would be much more equitable and may make players think twice about being sent off for no gain.

Posted 05:09 6th July 2010

Enzo Coppola (Liverpool fan) says...

I thoroughly enjoyed Martin Tyler's article about his comments of the world cup over the last few days. Although our national team (Bafana) did not feature too well from the 2nd round, as a South African I am very proud that there are so many luminaries in our country at the moment, enjoying themselves. Martin Tyler is by far the best tv commentator ever and long may his fantastic work continue! I totally agrre with his comments that the outrage by the local media here towards Luiz suarez is way over the top, and spear-headed by ignorant people! For my money, the Netherlands will defeat Germany in the final.

Posted 04:44 6th July 2010

Dennis Smedts (Arsenal fan) says...

Absolutely ridiculous that people call Suares a hero. Thierry Henry was slaughtered by you people for making a handball versus NI and Suares is now a hero. Please some explain to me why Henry is a cheat, and Suares is a hero when they both made handballs for their country. I'm waiting for someone to give me a proper answer.

Posted 21:14 5th July 2010

Terry Kelly (Manchester United fan) says...

Martin, Excellent column. I believe you will find that the word "mullered" comes from the prison slang of being beaten up badly or killed. In terms of football it would mean badly beaten but in other terms could mean destroyed as in "the fence was mullered when the car went through it". There are various explanations on the WWW. As for the World Cup and Suarez he got his punishment and the team got away with it. Gyan should of scored for Ghana......simple as that.....

Posted 21:03 5th July 2010

See Enguah (Liverpool fan) says...

There was a whole lot of fury about henry's handball from the english media, but i do not find that same fury towards suarez. Is it a case of double standards?

Posted 20:44 5th July 2010

Eric Doe (Liverpool fan) says...

As Suarez was dealt by the rules of the game so was maradona's hand of God, because by the rules the referee can not punish any player for an incident he did not see. To say that everyone would have done the same is cheap and insult to everyone's intellect, perhaps its OK to say that in times of desperation whatever you do to survive is OK even if it illigal and for self glorification as in this case.

Posted 17:31 5th July 2010

Alisher Alinem (Manchester United fan) says...

Dustin Duerson I would risk like Suares. He did it for his COUNTRY. I respect him, really! His risk has payed off for him. I hope every English player has the sam attitude as Suares. I was gutted when my team, England was eliminated by Germans and by the Officials.

Posted 15:38 5th July 2010

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