Ghana’s head coach, Otto Addo, has revealed that the foul committed by Luis Suarez against Ghana in 2010 was ‘normal’.
As the Black stars of Ghana prepare to meet the Uruguayans after their World cup exit in 2010, the coach has acknowledged that he would want his team to replicate Luis Suarez’s notorious handball if necessary.
During the quarterfinal, Suarez blocked a shot that was headed toward the goal on the line; as a result, Ghana was given a penalty and the attacker was dismissed for the offence.
At the conclusion of the second period of extra time, Asamoah Gyan missed the extra-time penalty, and Suarez was seen celebrating before leaving the field.
At the press conference before the clash against Uruguay, Addo, whose team will be meeting the South American for the first time since 2010, acknowledged the Nacional forward had given his life to save his teammates that year.
The 47-year-old sees Suarez’s actions from 12 years ago as “normal” and that he would anticipate his squad to exert the same effort to get to the knockout rounds.
“In general it is about perspective, if the same incident would have happened the other way around and Ghana proceeded to the semi-finals, everyone would say it is normal that a player would do anything he can to help his team go to the semi-finals,” he said.
“For me, it’s not a big topic. This is what I wish from every player, to do all he can to help his team qualify.
“Sometimes even sacrificing himself with a red card.
“It was a very sad day for me, I watched it and I was sad, but this is my perspective.
“If I see it from another perspective, it is a normal thing.” he said.