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Luis Suárez's Handball Vs Mansfield: Did He Cheat? (VIDEO)

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Luis Suárez was accused of cheating against Mansfield in Liverpool's 2-1 third-round FA Cup win after he handled the ball prior to scoring the tie's winning goal.

Suárez, a substitute for goalscoring debutant Daniel Sturridge, bore down on goal only to have his initial shot parried by Alan Marriott before he extended his arm to control the rebound and hit the ball into an empty net.

Despite protestations from the Blue Square Bet Premier side, Andre Marriner allowed the goal to stand and Liverpool's lead was doubled.


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Wouldn't it have been a watershed moment in the game if Suarez had said, "Referee - we're playing Mansfield. I just punched that in."

But Mansfield chairman John Radford fumed: “We should be getting a replay.”

Although an outlandish statement, in 1999 Arsenal offered Sheffield United a fifth-round replay after Nwankwo Kanu, on his Gunners debut, assisted Marc Overmars for the winner when Ray Parlour had attempted to give the Blades possession after a stoppage for an injury.

However Arsenal's second in the 2-1 win - a match stricken from the records - came when United were level.

Marriott also added: “When you see Luis laughing as he kicks the ball across the line — he knows himself what happened.

“Even Stewart Downing said to us that he could not believe top officials had missed that.

ESPN's commentary duo Jon Champion and Chris Waddle were also united in believing Suárez had cheated. Champion referred to the handball as "the work of a cheat".

Mansfield manager Paul Cox however refused to brand the Uruguayan a cheat.

"For me to come out and say something like that I think would be quite cheap," he told ESPN.

"If it had gone in the other end and one of our players had done it I think we'd have accepted it."

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Suárez handles the ball before hitting the eventual winner

Suárez's career has been littered with controversy since he emerged into football's mainstream at the 2010 World Cup when, in Uruguay's quarter-final tie with Ghana, he stopped goal-bound effort on the line with his hand and was sent off.

Asamoah Gyan however failed to convert the penalty with the last kick in extra-time and Suárez was seen celebrating before heading down the tunnel. Uruguay defeated the Africans on penalties and Suárez was demonised on the continent.

In November that year he bit PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal and was suspended for two games by Ajax but was unrepentant after the match.

"No, I do not regret what happened. Normally I always keep calm but I didn't ... I'm a little tired. This week I had to travel a lot," he said at the time.

And last season Suárez was banned for eight matches and fined £40,000 for racially abusing Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra. When Liverpool travelled to United for the reverse fixture, Suárez refused to shake Evra's hand and was forced to apologise the next day.

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