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Liverpool: England’s Sturridge wasn’t cheating when he scored with his arm – he’s no Suarez

by | 29th, September 2013

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WHEN Liverpool played Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, England’s Daniel Sturridge scored the first goal with his elbow. Handball, surely. But the goal stood. Was it cheating, then? When Uruguay’s Luis Suarez scored with his hand against Macclesfield last season he was labelled a cheat “.

To see what the experts think of it all, first we read the S underland Echo’ s report:

In the 27th minute Gerrard curled in a corner from the left which was met by the unmarked Daniel Sturridge six yards out, who was unable to make a connection with his head, but the ball bounced off his outstretched arm and beat Larsson on the line.

What says the Liverpool Echo ?

Daniel Sturridge put the Reds in front when referee Howard Webb failed to spot he had unintentionally diverted home Steven Gerrard’s corner with his arm.

So. Not handball, then. Just luck:

Big slice of luck for #LFC as Gerrard corner goes in off the arm of Sturridge but the goal stands. Liverpool lead at the Stadium of Light.

— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) September 29, 2013

The paper’s Neil Jones, liveblogging the match, noted:

GOAL:Liverpool are in front. Gerrard swings in a corner from the left, and as Kolo Toure misses it at the front post, Daniel Sturridge is unmarked behind him at the far, to bundle the ball home. Replays suggest it struck his arm as he went for it, and the Sunderland defender on the line could not keep it out. Big goal for Liverpool, with the Stadium of Light left silenced after a good spell for the home side.

As for the national media, well, the BBC says:

 …the Black Cats, who were undone by two Luis Suarez goals on his return for Liverpool, and a first-half strike from Daniel Sturridge. 

What about the Daily Mail , which

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