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Bullish Luis Suarez brushes off diving jibes

“They can keep talking and in the meantime I will keep on playing football and taking care of my team and what I do.”

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez, left, and striker Luis Suarez walk together on the pitch after a training session on the outskirts of Montevideo yesterday.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez, left, and striker Luis Suarez walk together on the pitch after a training session on the outskirts of Montevideo yesterday.
Image: Matilde Campodonico/AP/Press Association Images

LIVERPOOL STRIKER Luis Suarez insists that he is unconcerned by his portrayal as a diver.

The Uruguay international was criticised heavily by Stoke City boss Tony Pulis following their goalless draw at Anfield, the 54-year-old calling for a retrospective ban for Suarez after an apparent act of simulation during the game.

Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce has since added to condemnation of the Reds striker, asking the Football Association to take action on an issue which he sees as ‘a cancer within the game’.

Suarez, however, told Ovacion: “Everyone should focus on their own team. Those who want to talk can do so, I am not worried about what they say. They can keep talking and in the meantime I will keep on playing football and taking care of my team and what I do. Nothing else matters.”

Brendan Rodgers has publicly defended his much-criticised forward in light of these fresh claims of diving and the 26-year-old, who is currently on international duty, said that the Northern Irishman’s comments are all that matters.

“The support of the coach is very important to me and that’s what I really care about,” he concluded.

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