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Gyan: 'I'm all right'
July 3rd, 2010 1:53PM
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[REACTION] The day after Ghana, the hope of African soccer, lost a heart-breaking decision to Uruguay in the quarterfinals of the World Cup, its players visited Nelson Mandela. Update: Meanwhile, FIFA's disciplinary committee decided to give Luis Suarez a one-game suspension.

Suarez, whose handball on the line prevented a sure goal and saved Uruguay when Asamoah Gyan missed the ensuing penalty kick, will sit out Uruguay’s semifinal game against the Netherlands in Cape Town on Tuesday.

"It was worth being sent off in this way because at that moment there was no other choice," Suarez said. "I'm very calm."

The Ghanaian players visited Saturday at the homes of Mandela, the former South African president, and his ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

“They represented the continent well,” the Nelson Mandela Foundation said in a statement. “They can return home with their heads held high.”

“I’m OK. I’m all right,” Gyan said outside Madikizela-Mandela’s house.

  1. Christopher Holden
    commented on: July 4, 2010 at 12:17 a.m.
    Asamoah Gyan will never forget that PK - ever. Who could? He is a class forward who had a fantastic tournament. To end it that way was brutal for all his fans, and especially for him. Best of luck to you Asamoah! You are a great player, don't ever forget it!
  1. Raveen Rama
    commented on: July 5, 2010 at 3:43 a.m.
    I think there should a rule change here. If a ball is going into the goal and is handled and stopped by a field player then a goal should be awarded provided the ball was certainly going into the net. The player should also be red carded. This will ensure the field players play the ball fairly. Awrding a penalty reverses a sure goal if the penalty kick does not go in as was in Ghana's case, and is not a fair practice.
  1. Shawn Blymiller
    commented on: July 5, 2010 at 11:48 a.m.
    Asamoah I feel for you buddy. It is the greatest game in the world, but it is just a game. I hope and pray nothing horrible happens to you. Raveen seriously I would have done the same thing as Suarez no question and the one game suspension is the correct decision.

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