2010 FIFA World Cup: Important Questions Based on Luis Suarez' Game Ban

Snide CommentsCorrespondent IJuly 4, 2010

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 02: Dominic Adiyiah of Ghana heads on target as Luis Suarez of Uruguay handles the ball on the goal line, for which he is sent off, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Quarter Final match between Uruguay and Ghana at the Soccer City stadium on July 2, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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FIFA decided not to ban Luis Suarez for more than one game following an intentional handball on the line that prevented Ghana from scoring and being the first African team in the semi-finals.

Although many argue that he deserved a tougher ban than the one match ban he got, does he really deserve more than a one match ban he is getting?

Here are possible raised questions and outcomes from what could be the most exciting, controversial, and unique game ending so far.


What are the rules?

This is not the first time something like this has happened in the World Cup this year and even not to Ghana.

In the second group game against Australia, John Mensah's shot was judged to have been blocked on the line by Harry Kewell and he was sent off.

The circumstances of the game were the same and the result was a match ban just like Luis Suarez.

Suarez, on the other hand, might have just saved his team with the dirtiest play of the tournament.


Do Ghana Need To Feel Aggrieved?

Yes they do have a right to feel aggrieved that Gyan hit the crossbar under pressure and converted in the shootout.

They do have a case, though, because Suarez was diving and trying to coin the referee so many times to no avail.

He should have been sent off long before, but Ghana should not be bothered with the outcome.


What Now For Luis Suarez?

Suarez is seen as a cheat by almost everyone in the game, but in his country, he is a hero.

Many footballers that have been in the same situation will do the same: Diego Maradona, John Terry, Paul Schole, Lionel Messi, and others know that winning is everything and will do whatever it takes to win.

With that handball by Suarez and Gyan's miss, Suarez has a chance to finish first, second, or third at his first ever World Cup.

He did, however, show no remorse and a heightened irresponsibility after celebrating Gyan's miss form the spot.


What Next For FIFA?

The rules should most definitely stay the same, and should not be changed because of a penalty miss and a very huge handball by Suarez.

In all, it was a great game by Ghana and Uruguay, with many lessons learned, and Africa's heart broken in what will go down as one of the most controversial games ever.