If you saw the atrocious ending of Ghana's World Cup vs Uruguay, then you know what I'm talking about. Suarez *cheated* by blocking a sure goal with his hands. It doesn't get any cheaper than that.
Let me argue for why this is cheating and not just a 'professional foul' or unfortunate part of the sport.
In American football, every now and then you'll see in its archives a highlight where a player is running down the field unimpeded on his way to a touchdown. On rare occasions, the opposing team's bench or even a coach, will run near the sideline and TRIP the player before he makes it to the endzone. Now that is a violation of the rules of the game. There are punishments for those violations. But no matter how harsh the punishment is, if the team with the ball is not awarded a touchdown, then the punishment does not fit the crime. Furthermore, such disgraceful behavior is more than just a violation of a rule the way, say, offsides is a violation of a rule. It's blatant disrespect for the game itself and the opposing team. Violators should receive punishment in the form of several games of suspension, at the least. Same goes for Suarez. He should be banned for the next 5 or so World Cup games. His team should be forced to start the next game with only 10 players. Furthermore, African fans should hunt down Suarez and tar and feather him. He should live the rest of his life under the watchful protection of body guards. Suarez is just lucky he cheated against Ghana and not against Colombia. If he had done that to Colombia, Suarez, his family, his pets and his friends would not sleep another night in peace.
He didn't out-play Ghana, he *cheated* them and their fans. His accomplice in cheating them is FIFA for not having common sense rules to deter this behavior and for not acting swiftly in punishing Suarez AND Uruguay.
He's not a 'hero' as some have claimed. He didn't 'sacrifice' anything by cheating. If he didn't cheat, he'd go home anyway, he had much more to LOSE by NOT cheating. The only thing he had to gain was RESPECT and DECENCY by playing by the rules. He could've at least ATTEMPTED a header to block the goal. And what the HECK WAS HE DOING INTHE GOAL ANYWAY? If he had at least TRIED to play defense, along with the other guy standing in the goal, perhaps they could've kicked the ball out of the way. I understand that's part of soccer strategy, but perhaps a strategy that demands your player CHEAT if the ball heads towards him is not the most ethical strategy.
Ultimately, Suarez is simply a dirty rat who exploited FIFA's complacency for injustice. Perhaps the biggest irony in all this is FIFA's logo--"For the Good of the Game". Yeah right. Cheating is for the good of the game? A cheater flushes the hopes and dreams of a nation, the culmination of four years of hard work, down the toilet, and all Suarez gets is a red card and suspension for one game? How heck is THAT for the good of the game?
"F.I.F.A." needs another F it's name. To go F themselves.
FOR MORE Space Oddity blog posts on soccer, click here:
Why I hate soccer, part 1
Why I hate soccer (and FIFA), part 2
Why I hate soccer, part 3
Why Suarez is a cheater
FIFA and other evil and irrational organizations