Not again, Luis! Liverpool striker Suarez gets away with brazen handball to score second at Mansfield… and it's not his first
17:56 GMT, 6 January 2013
18:11 GMT, 6 January 2013
There is a long list of football fans who aren't great admirers of Luis Suarez due to some of his on-pitch exploits. This afternoon, Mansfield supporters were added to that ever-growing list.
In the past he's been booked – sometimes wrongly – for diving, banned for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, and even received a seven-game suspension for biting an opposing player while at Dutch club Ajax.
As Ghana fans will tell you, Liverpool's talisman has also been known to handle the ball on occasion.
Deliberate Luis Suarez handled the ball before firing home Liverpool's second goal
Back in 2010, the Uruguayan striker
was red-carded for deliberately palming the ball off the line during a
World Cup quarter-final against Ghana, which ultimately helped his side
progress to the semis.
Today, Suarez was at it again. Liverpool's top scorer – who replaced new boy Daniel Sturridge against Mansfield – found himself bearing down on Alan Marriott's goal just moments after coming on to the pitch.
At 1-0 up, the 25-year-old powered his effort into the flailing keeper, who did well to keep the ball out.
But as the ball popped up in the area, Suarez appeared to bring the ball back under control with the use of his arm.
No chance: Alan Marriott is helpless to prevent Suarez netting the Reds' second of the tie
Trademark: Suarez kissed his wrist, as he does after every goal
By this point, Suarez needed only to
roll the ball into Marriot's open goal, doubling the visitors' lead and
setting them on course for a fourth round meet with Oldham Athletic at
scoring, amidst furious protests from the Mansfield players, Suarez
performed his trademark celebration, calmly kissing the tattoo on the inside
of his wrist. He does do this after scoring every goal, of course.
Matt Green set up a grand-stand finish for the Non-League hosts after netting in the 79th minute.
But Suarez's brazen handball is sure
to leave the most bitter of tastes in Mansfield manager Paul Cox's mouth, as the
Uruguayan's goal proved decisive.
Another view: Suarez bats the ball back into his path before firing it home
Confronted: Suarez was approached by a Mansfield fan
Not the first time: Suarez handled the ball on the line in the 2010 World Cup