Suarez Admits To 'Falling In The Box'
17 January 2013
Luis Suarez has admitted to “inventing a foul” earlier this season, when Liverpool were stuttering to a draw against Stoke.
The Reds striker has been branded as a cheat by the English football media, and in an honest admission, he accepts the accusation of diving at Stoke.
But Suarez insists that another of his alleged indiscretions- a purposeful handball against Mansfield in the FA Cup- was accidental.
And he claims that the media is “controlled by Manchester United”, and that his name is dragged through the mud to sell newspapers.
"Football is like that. Sometimes you do things on the field that later you think 'why the hell did I do that?'” Suarez told Fox News Argentina.
"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 out to talk - the Stoke coach, and the Everton coach... I understood that the name Suarez sells (papers)."
"The other day a ball hit my hand with no intention at all, and everybody criticised me because I kissed my wrist. Suarez sells,” the Uruguayan international continued, in an uncommonly frank interview for a footballer.
In all of Suarez’s run-ins with the press, he says he has come to realise that he and his fellow South Americans are harshly treated in England. And he believes that the media has a pro-Manchester United agenda.
"When someone comes and says to me something bad about being a South American, I don't cry, because that happens inside the pitch,” Suarez 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.”