By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Liverpool's joy at beating Mansfield Town 2-1 in the third round of the FA Cup was tempered by the contentious circumstances surrounding the Reds' winning goal; with Brendan Rodgers' men holding a slender one goal lead over the Stags, who were putting immense pressure on the Merseyside outfit's backline, Suarez scored the crucial second goal for his team when he bundled the ball into the back of the net after his initial shot had rebounded off his raised hand.
The manner of the goal sparked outrage in the footballing community, with many coming out to criticise the Uruguayan for his supposed lack of honesty, but Wright believes that the former Ajax player did not intentionally use his hand to control the ball and should not be blamed for claiming the goal.
"Suarez is an easy target and everyone is giving him a good kicking," Wright wrote in the Sun.
"During my career, I found myself in a similar situation and it's frustrating when the finger is constantly being pointed at you.
"Suarez is getting loads of stick for his goal against Mansfield in the FA Cup on Sunday but I strongly believe the handball was unintentional.
He was trying to move his hand away from the ball before it struck and as he scored, you could tell he thought it would be disallowed.
But I can't believe some people would expect Suarez to try and persuade the officials to rub out the goal.
Wright also claimed that the flurry of criticism to this incident was the result of a long list of controversial incidents which have dogged Suarez's career.
"Suarez's biggest problem was the incident with Patrice Evra along with the way he goes to ground so easily," Wright added.
"Yet he brings some things on himself. He didn't help by saying the 'Hand of God now belongs to me' after his goal-line handball helped Uruguay reach the 2010 World Cup semi-finals."
Nonetheless, Wright believes Suarez will be able to overcome the unwanted stigma attached to him and be deservedly recognised for being one of the best players in the Premier League.
"If he stays at Anfield and continues to help Brendan Rodgers make Liverpool a force once again, I think most people will remember him for being a great goalscorer," Wright mused.
"We are now approaching that time when professionals have to think about voting for the PFA Player of the Year.
"I do not think Suarez's reputation will affect his chances as players know the score and will take into account instances like Sunday, when he could not get his hand out of the way.
"I think Robin van Persie will win the award but I am sure Suarez will be close behind.
"Gareth Bale could also be in the top three - another player who has found himself with an unwanted reputation. Gareth also has a tag of being a cheat.
"Like Suarez, he must live with it - even though the accusations are extremely unfair."
Suarez will be in action for Liverpool again on Sunday when the Reds take on Manchester United in their next Premier League fixture.