Former Ghana International John Paintsil has described Barcelona and Uruguay star Luis Suarez as a cheat.
Paintsil still broods over Ghana’s painful exit at the quarterfinals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa where the Black Stars lost 4-2 on penalties to Uruguay.
Ghana was close to making history as the first ever African country to have reached the semi-finals of the global mundial but for a deliberate infringement by Suarez.
Dominic Adiyiah’s rebound header was heading straight into the net in the dying embers of the game, however the former Liverpool man found his way on the line blocking the ball with his hands and eventually seeing Ghana winning a penalty.
Despite being sent off by the referee, Gyan, Ghana’s reliable penalty taker missed his kick after hitting the upright in what proved to be the last kick of the game.
Uruguay eventually won on penalties after the two settled for a 1-1 stalemate in extra time.
Ten years down the line, Paintsil, one of the integral members of the Ghana squad has struggled to overcome the painful incidence as he reflect on what happened in South Africa.
“I don’t think I can get over it, it is really painful, I don’t know but anytime I watch the game it brings back that memory,” the former Fulham defender spoke on GTV Sports plus.
“I don’t know what he (Luis Suarez) was thinking but I think he didn’t have that flair, he is a rigid player because at that point any player or defender will try to head the ball out or possibly chest and clear it.
“But I don’t know what he was thinking. Personally I would have just chested the ball and take a bicycle kick away. To be frank he didn’t don’t well and to me he is a cheat.”
Ghana become only the third African country to make it to the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup after Cameroon and Senegal.