Netherlands take on Uruguay tonight and it is fair to say that, after the quarter final match against Ghana, there will be limited support in Cape Town for the South Americans from the South African spectators .

The handball by Uruguayan, Luis Suarez, in the final minute of extra time in the quarter final match with Ghana would have been forgotten if Asamoah Gyan of Ghana had scored the penalty kick – but he missed.

It would even have been forgotten if Ghana had won the penalty shoot out – but they didn’t.

Ghana were the last African team left in the tournament and carried the support and hopes of the continent in a way that you would never experience for European or South American teams.

So Uruguay qualified for the semi finals, Suarez misses the match and Ghana go home.

What followed next was predictable.

The media demanded that Suarez be severely punished for his handball offence. He should be thrown out of the competition and punished by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee. What about a jail sentence?

It is also worth pointing out that there are three non-football days between the quarter finals and the semis and the media have to have something to report. This incident filled a few news programmes and newspaper inches during this quiet period. Or am I being cynical?

A similar incident happened in the European play-offs when French forward, Thiery Henry, handled the ball in the match with the Republic of Ireland and William Gallas scored the goal which took France to South Africa.

The referee and assistant missed the incident.

Again the clamour was for punishment – ban Henry from the World Cup, replay the match and he was even brought up in front of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee

Absolute nonsense!

Deliberate handball is an offence and is punished according to the Laws of the Game.

Now we have suggestions that football should award a penalty goal when this happens.

Absolute nonsense again!

The team that wins does not always deserve to win – but that’s life!

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