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I can't stand Suarez - Williams

2012-11-22 15:30

London - Liverpool striker Luis Suarez dives so much during matches that his behaviour is embarrassing, Swansea City defender Ashley Williams says in a new book.

Suarez, already a target for boos from the stands in England after he received an eight-match ban last season for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra, was unworthy of respect, Williams said.

"He dived more than any other player I've played against before - it was so bad I was genuinely shocked," wrote Williams in his book, excerpts of which are being published in the South Wales Evening Post (www.thisissouthwales.co.uk).

"His behaviour was embarrassing. The sad thing is that he's a brilliant player and I rate him very highly, but he just possesses this temperament that I can't stand to see in a fellow footballer.

"The lack of respect he shows everyone means he gets no respect from me."

The Uruguayan was labelled a disgrace by Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson after refusing to shake Evra's hand earlier this year following his ban and he is no stranger to controversy.

At the 2010 World Cup he was sent off for a blatant handball on the goal-line against Ghana and in October he celebrated a goal in the Merseyside derby with a comical dive in front of Everton manager David Moyes, a critic of Suarez's tactics.

After their meeting in May on the final day of the season, which Swansea won 1-0, and ahead of their English Premier League clash on Sunday, Williams wrote of his dislike for Suarez.

"The manner in which he approached the game, with utter contempt for us all, means that he's streets ahead of any player I've truly disliked since we've been in the Premier League.

"Suarez has that aura about him that says: 'I'm untouchable'. Having played against him for 90 minutes now, all I can say is that for such a talented player, he's very annoying."

Suarez told the Liverpool website (www.liverpoolfc.com) earlier this month he was happy for opposition supporters to jeer him as it motivated him even more.

The 25-year-old has been in superb form all season and leads the Premier League scoring charts with 10 goals to put his name firmly among the favourites for player of the year.

Reuters

Comments
  • blackbeard.reyneke - 2012-11-22 15:51

    Everyone in soccer dives every few seconds, why single him out?

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-11-22 16:08

      Because he dives so often!

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-11-22 16:17

      Because he is the worst

      jerome.fakoe - 2012-11-22 16:23

      Wouldn't bother explaining to a Manc, Gunner etc....Suarez is boss and that bugs the hell out of the opposition

      aadil.esack - 2012-11-23 09:25

      Mark Singh, in the EPL alone there are far worst serial diver's, just think along the lines of Gareth Bale, Ashley Young, etc. Ronaldo was doing it years ago already. What's the common theme here ? They are all quick, skillful player's, and the fact is more often than not, there is genuine contact from these average frustrated defender's. Yes, at times, they do go down easy & are drama queens, but again, i would say 8 of of 10 times, there is genuine contact No one talks about the 4 genuine penalties that have been turned down just because it's Suarez ? No one mentions how he was robbed of a legimate winner at Goodison ? Blackbeard - the English media hate him. First they tried to make him look like a racist. Now they try the diving story. But he is a fighter & keeps coming back, working his butt off in every game - it really does seem to serve as motivation for him WHAT a player !

  • thulanit3 - 2012-11-22 16:00

    Dont care whether he dives,,,he is RACIST and disgusting

      kingswing69 - 2012-11-22 17:08

      Thulani shut up. His grandfather is black. How can he be a racist. You keep on supporting the local crap football.

  • jerome.fakoe - 2012-11-22 16:15

    Who cares what the opposition thinks. Suarez gets the better off defenders that's why they can't stand him. He's a brilliant player and whatever you Mancs, Blues, Swans or whoever have to say does not count YNWA

  • Leeanus de Castro - 2012-11-22 17:03

    hate it or love it..the underdog's on top....YNWA....

      dave.e.richman - 2012-11-23 07:19

      Erm..... Leeanus..... On top of what, exactly? Can't be the league (see the table immediately to the right of your comment)!!!

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-11-22 17:36

    Suarez has proven time and again that he is a cheat, a crook, and a racist. He should go and play for MU

      roger.plaatjies.79 - 2012-11-27 08:57

      A Racist will know a racist, Tiaan, are you one?

  • chris.jikijela.1 - 2012-11-22 18:20

    A great player acting stupid...

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-11-23 16:44

    It is evedent that all that envy Suarez would surely welcome him in their team if they can get him. Diving, yes, but of recent the dives are few and the ability to leave his marksman flat footed is increasing. The boy is showing some improvement in his play. He can really turn a defender around.Unfortunately sometimes he tends to be selfish and not lay off for his team mates who have a beter chance to strike at goal. If he can overcome the these two traits, you have a brilliant footballer.

  • roger.plaatjies.79 - 2012-11-27 08:55

    Ashley Williams, you are just jalous, Suarez is good, never mind the diving. All soccer players are actors, every player dive, act and hope for a free kick, Saurez is too fast for his feet, he run more with the ball than any other player, if he dive a lot means that he got the ball more times than other players. The more you boo him, the more goals Suarez he will score.

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