Luis Suárez was taunted with chants of ‘cheat’ by incensed Mansfield
supporters after the Liverpool
forward secured his team’s place in the FA
Cup fourth round by scoring with his arm to ensure victory at Field
Suárez, a 54th minute replacement for £12-million debutant Daniel Sturridge,
put the game beyond Liverpool’s non-league opponents when he palmed the ball
into the net on 58 minutes after an initial shot had been cleared by
goalkeeper Alan Marriott.
Referee Andre Marriner, having looked across at his linesman Mike Mullarkey,
awarded the goal, despite the appeals of the Mansfield players.
As Suárez celebrated his goal, the home crowd rang out to chants of ‘cheat,
cheat, cheat’ in the direction of the controversial Uruguayan.
Mansfield’s anger was fuelled by their team having a strong penalty claim
turned down moments earlier when Matt Green’s back-heel was blocked by a
stray Liverpool arm on the goal line.