After what I saw, I felt like Suarez would have made a great volleyball player. Whatever the outcome, whether Ghana, er I mean Uruguay, goes on to win the Cup, there may be a streak of questionings addressing whether Uruguay truly deserved to win the quarterfinal game. Either way, I'll be thinking of this outcome for long after the Cup is over.
And regarding the rules of soccer, I know of at least one significant alteration made to the rules after the witnessing of flagrant outcomes. The reason Group games are now played simultaneously subsequent to the 1982 Cup had to do with Germany and Austria colluding to have Austria win in that Cup, so that Algeria would be disqualified from advancing to the Round of 16s. If Austria had tied or lost, Algeria would have advanced. It was such a flagrant example of bad sportsmanship, everyone realized that change was necessary.
If there's a reason to consider a rule change regarding flagrant hand blocking of goals on their way in, a la Suarez, this World Cup is the time to question it. For that to truly be considered though, Uruguay may have to win the World Cup. The win may feel hollow enough that they may be forced to visit the question... after all, the same play could come back to haunt them at a future time. So go Uruguay! Win it in the name of fairness.
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