MANSFIELD (Sporting Alert) – Liverpool forward Luis Suarez hit the headlines again, following a controversial goal that knocked Mansfield out of the English FA Cup in the third round on Sunday.
Watch Video of Luis Suarez Hand Ball Against Mansfield
Debutant Daniel Sturridge netted his first goal for Liverpool to give the Reds the lead, but the man who replaced him, Suarez, grabbed the spotlights, after the Uruguayan inadvertent hand-ball robbed the hosts of a possible replay.
Yet, despite the Liverpool star receiving massive boos from the home supporters, Mansfield boss Paul Cox, who admits that wasn’t the best of Suarez, opted to move on from the incident and refused to label the striker as a cheat.
“Their second goal, that’s when you need a referee or a linesman to spot those kind of things,” said Cox.
“I don’t think he (Suarez) did anything wrong. It was instinctive centre forward play.
“But if you look at the body language of players, all my lot are running to the ref and linesman and Suarez is blasting the ball in the net to say ‘I’ve just handballed that’.
“I don’t want to say anything bad about him because he is a fabulous talent, and if the shoe was on the other foot then we would have taken it.
“But when you’ve officials at that level, you expect them to pick up on it, but they are only human.”
In the meantime, several players from Liverpool support Suarez and stated that he’s not a cheater.
At the same time, take nothing from Sturridge who calmly scored his goal in his first appearance for Liverpool.
“I enjoyed it very much. It was my first game for the team, and it was great to get to know my teammates on the field and to win the game,” the former Chelsea FC forward told ESPN.
“It was a great ball from Shelvey and I got on the end of it and put it away.
“I am disappointed [I didn’t get more goals] but the team played fantastically and showed a lot of character, and I’m delighted with the win.”
Matt Green scored the lone goal for Mansfield in the 80th minute.