Former Chelsea and France international, Frank Leboeuf has sensationally said he hates Barcelona forward, Luiz Suarez to the handball incident against Ghana in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
The Black Stars of Ghana were on the verge of becoming the first African side to qualify for a World Cup semi-final – just a penalty kick away from making history at Africa’s World Cup.
A teeming Soccer City had dragged its continental counterparts through 120 minutes when, with the score at 1-1 and in the dying seconds of extra time, Uruguay’s Luis Suarez used his right hand to slap away Dominic Adiyiah’s goal-bound header on the line.
The former Liverpool forward was sent off, but a sure goal became a not-so-sure penalty kick and a deserved victory withered in the cold Johannesburg night.
Asamoah Gyan, for so long Ghana’s protagonist, placed the ball on the spot, but as the host continent held its breath, he crashed his shot against the crossbar.
It was the last kick of the game. Suarez stood by the tunnel, watching on the stadium’s giant screen. He erupted in celebration.
And Leboeuf says though he is a fan of the Blaugrana, he was glad to see them and Suarez go out of the competition in such dramatic fashion.
"I like Barcelona a lot, but I was delighted that they weren't in the final because of Luis Suarez," he told RMC Sport.
"I don't have any kind of respect for a player like him.
"Yes, he's a great player and he's having a great career, but he's a shyster, a complainer, a guy who I don't have any respect for.
"I can't stand a player like that on the football pitch, he's a bad example for young people.
Leboeuf also touched on the antics of the Barca No. 7 during Uruguay famous penalty shootout win against Ghana in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
"What he did with the handball against Ghana at the World Cup, he was very happy, the two times he's bitten rivals.
"If he played against me, they'd send me off, it surprises me that his rivals have cold blood against him, I'd do anything to make sure he didn't finish the game either."
Suarez has undergone surgery on his knee which looks to have ended his season, though he hopes to return for the Copa America with Uruguay in June.