Intentional Handballs on the Goal Line Should Be Punished With a Lifetime Suspension…

…and not just a lifetime suspension for the player, either. The entire national federation should get suspended. Uruguay’s Luis Suarez committed his intentional handball at the tail end of the Uruguay-Ghana World Cup semifinal, depriving Uruguay of his services for a whole 53 seconds of stoppage time. In exchange, he took a certain goal away from Ghana and gave them about a 70-30 shot at winning the game before penalty kicks.

Suarez’s unsporting handball was punished as much as the game presently allows. It must allow more. Suarez should never be allowed to step on the field, especially not back for Ajax. Children should use his name as a playground curse. Moreover, Uruguay should be disqualified from all future international competition for destroying the spirit of the game.

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