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Of course Liverpool’s Luis Suarez is a cheat

by | 7th, January 2013

IS Luis Suarez, Liverpool’s unlovely striker, a cheat? Let’s see what the experts say of the man who used a hand to set up his side’s crucial second goal against Mansfield Town in the FA Cup. Oh, the romance. The rules seem pretty obvious:

In Fifa’s Laws of the Game 2005, Law 12:

… a free-kick or penalty will be awarded if a player “handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)”.

A player is cautioned and shown the yellow card if he commits any of the following seven offences: • unsporting behaviour

What say the experts?

Premier League referee David Elleray:

“Referees look at two specifics – did the hand or arm go towards the ball or in a manner which would block the ball, or is the hand in a position where it would not normally be? The challenging decisions are if the defending player spreads their arms to make themselves bigger. If the ball hits the arm then the referee must decide whether this action was to deliberately block the ball or whether the player has raised their arms to protect themselves – especially if the ball is hit at speed.”

Tony Evans, The Times (Liverpool fan): 

Spare us the false rage. Suárez merely did what he is paid to do: score goals. The howls of outrage are hypocritical. There are very few supporters who are horrified when their team cheat to score or stop a goal. Liverpool fans would have been grinning all the way back to Merseyside last night. Few bleeding hearts there…

Having spoken on behalf of all Liverpool fans, Evans imagines:

Those calling for Suárez to own up should consider the reverse scenario. Imagine a defender is hit on the hand in the penalty area and the referee misses it — as frequently happens. Would anyone expect the player to alert the official and ask him to give a penalty to the opposition?

If he is hit on the hand, no. If he hits the ball with his hand, why not?

It would almost be a sacking offence. So why would anyone expect the Liverpool forward to act differently?

Had Suarez admitted that he had controlled the ball with his hand to score a decisive goal against a team ranked 93 places below Liverpool in the romantic FA Cup, he’d have been sacked?

Evans than aims at moral equivalence:

There are some who are wilfully reckless on the pitch and put opposition players at risk. Worse, there are those whose fierce competitiveness leads them deliberately to hurt their rivals. This is where the focus of outrage should be aimed, at players who threaten health and careers.

So. Cheating does not damage the careers of Mansfield players?

Suárez is often the victim of those who try to use brute strength to stop the opposition.

Having turned Suarez into the victim, Evans questions the morals of they who says the striker is a cheat:

…when he is kicked up in the air, many of those who rage against his unsportsmanlike behaviour will take pleasure in his pain. They will enjoy the sight of a cheat getting his comeuppance. The duplicity involved in these moral gymnastics will probably not even occur to them.

It’s about the rules. Without rules there is no sport and no meaningful contest.

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