3 Jul 2010

Deliberate Uraguay hand ball new Hand of God?

6:09 pm on 3 July 2010

The Uruguay footballer, Luis Suarez, is claiming his deliberate handball, which denied Ghana a World Cup semi-final place, was the 2010 version of the Hand of God.

The striker was red-carded for the illegal goal-line clearance, which kept out a header from Ghana's Dominic Adiyah in the last minute of extra time.

Suarez says he did it beacuse a semi-final place was at stake, and was releived when Asamoah Gyan failed to convert the resulting spot kick penalty.

Suarez, who will miss the semi-final against the Netherlands, says he now has the Hand of God label.

Argentina coach, Diego Maradona, famously credited a goal against England at the 1986 World Cup to the "Hand of God" after he scored with his hand.