Suarez courts controversy again
Soccer: Clearly not content in the shadows when the week’s controversy unfolds without him, Luis Suarez has decided to admit diving and call out the English media for an alleged Manchester United bias.
The Uruguayan has enjoyed some positive PR of late, but is likely to find himself back at square one, thanks to a rather candid interview, in which he also claims South American’s are treated differently to other players in the Premier League.
"I don't listen all the nonsense some people say about me,” he is quoted as saying by Fox Sports Argentina. “I'm accused of cheating here. People say I throw myself all the time inside the box. They said that when we played against Stoke, for instance, and in that case they were right. I invented a foul because we were drawing and I wanted to win.
"Sometimes on the pitch I say to myself, 'What have I done?' But the name of Suarez sells papers."
The former Ajax striker was accused of handball when scoring the winner against Mansfield in the FA Cup third round last week, but he insists the contact was accidental and his trademark celebration incidental.
"I touched the ball with my hand accidentally, and I was criticised because I kissed my hand. I say to the media: 'You should talk more about football, not about other stuff'."
The eight-game ban Suarez received for being deemed to have racially abused United’s Patrice Evra by an FA disciplinary panel last season, no longer plays on his mind. In fact, he insists darker forces at work.
"When someone comes and says to me something bad about being a South American, I don't cry, because that happens inside the pitch,” he said. "I have my conscience clean. But as I have said: Manchester United controls the media, they are powerful and the media will always help them.
"It's complicated to play here in England. As Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero have said, it's complicated for a South American footballer to be here as we are treated differently to the local footballers."