The people calling for a penalty goal rule neglect to consider that the penalty try in rugby is awarded because it's hard to give e penalty in rugby whose outcome is more likely to be a try than not. In soccer you can give a penalty and send the player off, which is a major sanction and very likely to result in a goal. And it has the advantage of settling the issue with a proper play.
No-one here was calling for Fifa to change the rules then were they?
They weren't. And I'm not aware of a situation like the one that befell Ghana ever happening in a major tournament. To make a major rule change based on such an unlikely event seems an over-reaction to me. (Not that it's going to happen or anything.)
Suarez by the way got a one-game suspension, indicating that the disciplinary committee didn't think he had cheated either.
Does every act of foul play become an act of deliberate cheating, and automatic red card offense?
Who's saying that? Deliberately preventing a goal that would have changed the result of a World Cup match seems pretty severe to me - so the result should surely be more severe than a run of the mill foul. But then maybe I don't sufficiently appreciate the charm or "beauty" of dishonest play by cynical scumbags.
You guys really must get over this. Not even Ghana is complaining. (Mmhh... okay, Rajevic did actually. I was misinformed.)
I'm not aware of a situation like the one that befell Ghana ever happening in a major tournament.
Given the lack of a proportionate response and the scale of benefit (including the perpetrator being feted as a hero, which really gets my goat), I think you'll see it again and again from now on- unless the rules are changed. But hey, it's only a game. As you were.
including the perpetrator being feted as a hero, which really gets my goat
Sacha, people have handled the ball on/near the goal-line since the dawn of time - or cameras, anyway. England's Jack Charlton did it in 1966, at the World Cup. There have been many instances in big games (e.g. Liverpool in a League Cup final at Wembley).
As a consequence, the rules have changed: it is now an automatic red card and penalty, whereas before it was a lottery.
You won't see it "again and again" because this context - the 120th minute - is very rare. It's very unusual to see such desperation while a team can still win and a player can stay on the pitch.