SULLEY Muntari will happily shake hands with the man who shattered his World Cup dreams when they meet again on Sunday, admitting he would have done exactly the same in that position.
The Sunderland midfielder and his Ghana team-mates looked to be heading into last summer’s semi-finals in South Africa when, with the score at 1-1 in the final seconds of extra-time, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez handled on the line to deny Dominic Adiyiah a dramatic winner.
Suarez was dismissed and the Ghanaians were awarded a penalty, but as a whole continent held its breath, Asamoah Gyan fired against the bar from the spot, and his side eventually bowed out after a heart-breaking shoot-out.
Both Muntari and Gyan will meet their World Cup nemesis when the Uruguayan, a £22.8million January signing from Ajax, arrives at the Stadium of Light with new club Liverpool in the Premier League.
However, while Suarez’s intervention that night may have presented him with one of his most painful moments in football, the midfielder, who had earlier scored his side’s goal, is not bitter.
Asked if he would shake the striker’s hand, 26-year-old Muntari said: “Yes, of course. Why not? He is a fantastic player.
“If it was me on the post, that’s what I am going to do. I am not going to get it with one hand, I am going to get it with two hands and then I am going to go out and make way for Ghana.
“Definitely, I am going to shake his hand. It’s part of football.
“Personally, I have no bad intention towards him, I haven’t any grudge against him. What about if I was the one who got the ball and he didn’t win? Am I going to be his enemy?
“It’s part of football. But I am not going to be playing against only Suarez, it is going to be Sunderland against Liverpool and we want to win the game, so we have got to make it bad for them here.”