I`m the new `Hand of God`, says Suarez
Johannesburg: Uruguay striker Luis Suarez claimed today that his deliberate extra-time, last-minute handball, which denied Ghana a World Cup semi-final place, was the 2010 version of the "Hand of God".
Suarez was red-carded by Portuguese referee Olegario Benquerenca for the illegal goal-line clearance which kept out substitute Dominic Adiyah`s header but resulted in a Ghana penalty.
However, Asamoah Gyan then sent his penalty - the last kick of the game - crashing off the crossbar to give the Uruguayans a reprieve which they exploited by prevailing 4-2 in the shoot-out which followed.
"This was the end of the World Cup. I had no choice. I have the `Hand of God` now," said Suarez.
Diego Maradona famously credited a goal against England at the 1986 World Cup to the "Hand of God" after he scored with his hand.
"I did it so that my teammates could win the penalty shoot-out. When I saw Gyan miss the penalty it was a great joy," added Suarez, who misses the semi-final.