Is this the most Luis Suarez thing ever? Uruguay striker claims for HANDBALL against the Chile GOALKEEPER… and then asks for another opponent to be sent off for kicking a pitch invader
First he appealed for a handball – against Chile’s goalkeeper – before later asking for their defender Gonzalo Jara to be sent off after he tripped up a pitch invader.
The 32-year-old’s career has been shrouded with controversial moments and these were the latest examples in another high-profile match.
Luis Suarez (top) appealed for handball following this save from Chile goalkeeper Gabriel Arias
In the 23rd minute of the match, Suarez rounded the goalkeeper but was forced wide
Forced wide of the goal, the 32-year-old tried to fool Chile’s No 1 into a dummy effort
Uruguay’s No 9 then tried to clip an effort over Arias – but the goalkeeper did well to stop it
After appealing for handball, Suarez then continued to react in bizarre disbelief
With his side searching for a goal against the Copa America holders to earn them top spot in the group, Suarez raced into the box and rounded Chile’s Gabriel Arias but the keeper rose again to punch the striker’s shot away for a corner in the 23rd minute.
Suarez, however, seemed to momentarily forget that Arias’ job is to stop shots with his hands and appealed for a penalty, gesticulating to the referee by pointing to his own hand.
The striker’s protest only lasted a brief moment before he put his hands on his head to console himself for the missed opportunity.
In the second half, he made another frantic appeal to the referee to ask for Chile’s Jara to be carded after the defender tripped up a pitch invader.
The invader, who wore a chicken head mask, managed to sprint on to the field – evading the stewards. As he got closer to the halfway line he was stopped in his tracks by Jara – prompting Suarez to inexplicably chase after the referee, waving his hand in attempt to get him to take action. You can see Suarez’s reaction in the clip below.
The second half of the match was briefly halted due to a pitch invader wearing a chicken mask
The invader was quickly halted in his tracks by Chile’s Gonzalo Jara (left) who tripped him up
Jara’s act allowed the stewards to catch him – despite Suarez calling for the No 18 to be sent off
The pitch invader was eventually escorted off the turf and play continued in the encounter
Suarez celebrates with his team-mates in the changing room after their 1-0 win over Chile
Suarez’s strike partner Edinson Cavani later grabbed the only goal of the game which saw 15-times Copa America champions Uruguay finish top of Group C ahead of Chile to set up a quarter-final tie with Peru.
The incidents come exactly five years to the day when Suarez bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini in a group-stage decider at the 2014 World Cup, which saw him banned for four months.
Meanwhile at the 2010 World Cup, Suarez was the culprit in a controversial handball of his own as Uruguay reached the semi-finals at the expense of Ghana.
Ghana seemed certain to become the first African side to reach the last four of the competition when Suarez used his hands to stop a net-bound effort on the line in the dying seconds of extra-time.
However, striker Asamoah Gyan skimmed the crossbar with the spot-kick.
Suarez was seen in the tunnel celebrating the miss as Uruguay then prevailed 4-2 on penalties.
At the 2010 World Cup, Suarez played the villain with this handball against Ghana
Suarez blocked a goalbound effort off-the-line with this double-handed stop in extra-time
However, striker Asamoah Gyan skimmed the crossbar with the last kick of the game
Suarez, who was sent off, celebrated with his team-mates on-the-pitch post-match
At the 2014 World Cup, Suarez inexplicably bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder
The striker was slapped with a four-month suspension for his act in their group-stage clash