Luis Suarez Admits To Diving Against Stoke, Claims Man Utd Control The Media

Chris Wright

17th, January 2013


By Chris Wright

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez has been chatting to Fox Sports Argentina about his persecution complex, his ongoing experiments with gravity and the vast media vendetta against him, in which he, among other things, admitted diving against Stoke in an attempt to con a penalty earlier in the season.

There’s a “from the horse’s mouth” joke in there somewhere but we’re far too polite to make it.

At the time, Stoke manager Tony Pulis described Suarez as “an embarrassment” in his post-match interview, while Britain’s FIFA exec Jim Boyce went one step further – calling the Uruguayan forward’s conduct and diving in general “a cancer” in the game.

Having been asked about his reputation for dabbling in the dark arts and his portrayal as a relentlessly controversial villain by the national press, Suarez admitted that he did purposefully tumble against Stoke and that he’s often left questioning himself after doing some of the things he does:

“Football is like that. Sometimes you do things on the field that later you think, ‘Why the hell did I do that?’

“I was accused of falling inside the box in a match and it’s true I did it that time, because we were drawing against Stoke at home and we needed anything to win it. But after that everybody jumped up to talk – the Stoke coach and the Everton coach … I understood that the name Suarez sells newspapers.

“The other day, for instance, I touched the ball with my hand accidentally (in scoring the winner against Mansfield in the FA Cup), and I was criticised because I kissed my hand.

“The media make up a lot of things about me because they want to sell papers. I say to the media: You should talk more about football, not about other stuff.”

Suarez continued:

“When someone comes and says to me something bad about being a South American, I don’t cry, because that happens on the pitch, 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.

“I can help Liverpool. We are united and we can play well. But Liverpool doesn’t depend on me.

“It’s complicated to play here in England. As Carlitos [Tevez] and Kun [Aguero] have said, it’s complicated for a South American footballer to be here as we are treated differently to the local footballers.

“But they have their culture, they are like this, you know? If I listen to what the people say, I wouldn’t be here or play football.

“If I listen what one or another says, it’s very tough. I have to play football, which is what I always wanted, but I have suffered a lot for being a footballer.”

Amazingly candid stuff from Suarez there. It’s true that his name sells papers, it’s an easy pop for most editors, but the other side of the coin is that there is barely a game goes by without him pulling some nefarious or -at best – debatable stunt. Most week’s Luis Suarez is newsworthy for one reason or another, usually by his own creation.

Just stop the rolling around, the incessant gamesmanship, the pleading and the pantomime screaming and we can be friends.


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  1. liam says:

    He hit the nail on the head with the Manchester United comment.

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  3. leppystew says:

    wise up to yourself liam, fergie gets more stick in the media than most managers. This favoritism talk is a load of b*llocks. This is suarez again trying to distance himself from the evra incident, its uniteds fault the media were all over him apparently, nothing to do with the endless array of bad press he has garnered during his career. he has only himself to blame.
    lets look at priors:
    -biting a player on a pitch during a match.
    -racially abusing patrice evra (personal thoughts, tried to wind evra up, maybe didnt realise how big a deal it would be. noones fault but his own)
    -handball during a world cup quarter final match, cheating an african team out of making history. celebrating like hed scored a winning goal when they missed their penalty.
    -persistant simulation (not the only player who does this but the attention he has placed on himself means it will always be picked up on when he does)
    This is only to name the higher profile incidents.
    If suarez keep himself clean of controversy then the media would have nothing to write about however that seems to be beyond him…but thats man united fault of course

  4. didistwitch says:

    Here we go again! What a surprise, poor old Luis… #AlwaysTheVictims

  5. Zam says:

    Apparently cheating and breaking the rules is all right if you want to win…

  6. Rob says:

    “Just stop the rolling around, the incessant gamesmanship, the pleading and the pantomime screaming and we can be friends.”
    Spot on, I’m a Liverpool fan and this drives me crazy about Suarez, just play football because you’re brilliant at it!
    As for the other remarks,
    “handball during a world cup quarter final match, cheating an african team out of making history.” Name a player who wouldn’t have done that? Even his team mate made an effort to get to it.
    “#AlwaysTheVictims” Nice Hillsborough reference, good for you didiswitch.

  7. TravisKOP says:

    @Rob couldnt have put it more eloquently myself mate, cheers

  8. mikeyj47 says:

    Christ, this is getting fucking boring now.

    Yes, Suarez dives. So what? Everyone does it. Why aren’t there constant articles about Ashley Young? Is it because he’s English?

    Oh, and anyone who brings up the Ghana handball is a stupid cunt who doesn’t know football – that’s exactly what you’d want your player to do. The ‘controversy’ was that we were being fed an African love-in by the media. If Asamoah Gyan would have done the same thing and the other end and Suarez missed the penalty Gyan would have been heralded as a selfless hero.

  9. Al says:

    @ mikeyj47 – totally agree and don’t like the insinuation made by @leppystew by saying “cheated an african team”, whats the relevance of where the team is from? Would you have said cheated a European team if it was against Italy? No. Making a connection between the teams origin and Suarez’s percieved racism is ridiculous

  10. Anonymous says:

    I met a fairy today who granted me one wish. “I want to live forever,” I said.

    “Sorry,” said the fairy, “I’m not allowed to grant wishes like that.”

    “Fine,” I said, “I want to die when liverpool win the premier league.”

    “You crafty ****!” said the fairy.

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