Thomas Partey has come under fire from Ghana fans as he was seen swapping shirts with 'the enemy' following Ghana's 2-0 loss to Suarez's Uruguay.
Ghana only needed a draw to progress to the round of 16, but they couldn't find a way to overcome their old foes.
For context, Ghana faced off against Uruguay in a famous quarter final clash in the 2010 World Cup. With the score tied at 1-1 in the last minute of extra time, Suarez stopped a Ghana winner from going in by saving it with his hands, getting sent off for doing so. Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan missed the decisive penalty, Uruguay won on penalties and Suarez celebrated like a hero.
This match has lived long in the memory of Ghana fans, who still feel cheated by the actions of Suarez 12 years ago, as that Ghana team looked destined to reach the semi-finals. Suarez recently reflected on that moment too, saying:
"I don't apologise for that.
"The Ghana player missed the penalty, not me."
In this game, Ghana were in pole position to right their wrongs as they got a penalty in the 21st minute. Andre Ayew, the only member of the Ghanaian squad that was also part of the 2010 team, stepped up and had his effort saved.
Suarez put in a fantastic performance, setting up the first goal inadvertently as his saved shot was put in by de Arrascaeta.
He then got the outright assist for de Arrascaeta and Uruguay's second, ultimately putting the game beyond Ghana.
Uruguay would win the game, but to no reward, as South Korea pulled off a shock win against Portugal in stoppage time. It left Uruguay needing a goal to progress with only minutes left of stoppage time in their own game, which they could not get.
It was the ultimate silver lining for Ghana, who knew that Uruguay would not be progressing, and they started celebrating in the stands.
It all cam crashing down later though, as star player Thomas Partey was seen swapping shirts with, and hugging Luis Suarez.
Fans on twitter did not take well to the news.
This guy will not go anywhere as our next captain— Mak_Victor (@Mak__arts) December 2, 2022
Partey and Suarez played together for a short period of time at Atletico Madrid before Partey moved to Arsenal in the summer of 2020, which could explain the shirt change.
Nevertheless, changing shirts with the man who almost single handedly destroyed your country's hopes at two World Cups is not a good look.
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