Suarez set for hot reception

2013-01-10 14:08

London - Controversy stalks Luis Suarez more than any English Premier League player, and the Liverpool striker will again be under the spotlight in Sunday's high-profile match against fierce rivals Manchester United.

The Uruguay international has 15 goals in the league, second only to United's Robin van Persie, but negative headlines are never far away.

Often criticised for his theatrical dives, Suarez stirred up more furore last Sunday by using his hand to score what proved to be the winning goal in an FA Cup match.

Now, Suarez returns to Old Trafford for the first time since snubbing a pre-match handshake with United defender Patrice Evra, reigniting a drawn-out racism-related feud and ensuring he will receive a hot reception this weekend.


  • jonathan.mumo.3 - 2013-01-10 14:27

    Enough already! Dis saga shud be dead

  • Shaun - 2013-01-10 14:34

    The writer knows nothing about football. How many times has he dived the season ? Zero , go and check your fact players like gareth bale has been booked several times. Suarez is known for his smazing skill not for diving like the idiot reporter suggests

      russel.lunt - 2013-01-10 15:27

      Actually, Suarez dived theatrically once this season - against Stoke. He was booked for simulation during the previous match with United despite clear contact from the defender. Obviously the media made more of his Stoke dive than Huth stamping on his chest during the same game (a red card offence), and never mind that Bale has been booked 5 times in the last 12 months for simulation. The author probably didn't watch the Suarez handball goal either, because saying he used his hand to score is not descriptive of the situation - he scored with his boot after the ball cannoned onto his hand off the opposing keeper. If there was any wrongdoing in that incident it lay with the officials for not seeing it, unless they decided (as every other official does) that ball-hit-hand is not a foul.

  • lybon1 - 2013-01-10 15:06

    My boy suarez is being treated unfairly....ecspecially by the british media......i bet he will score against united...and we will win this game........#you will never walk alone# - 2013-01-10 15:37

      in your dreams bru... Pool and racist Suarez should not bother to pitch up at Old Trafford. Hope United gives them a soccer lesson and Suarez ends up with a broken leg...

      russel.lunt - 2013-01-10 15:42

      Who said Suarez was a racist?

      Vishen - 2013-01-10 18:13

      It takes a MAN to walk alone!!!

  • donovan.govender.5095 - 2013-01-10 15:31

    Suarez is being unfairly marked by reporters , Why is der no such hype against real divers like danny welback , da story about his racist coments shud be dead and long gone Now , why keep bringing up this issue , just so that U get people to read your paper

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2013-01-10 16:18

    Let's not forget Shelvey, who was red-carded for the two-footed challenge on Evans, and then went on a tirade against Sir Alex. These things can only spice up what is always an exciting and thrilling fixture. Probably the best fixture of the season for its history and tradition - and let's face it, these two teams always seem to give of their best when they face each other. Too close to call a winner, but here's hoping for a good spectacle.

  • mahomedrafeek.goolam - 2013-01-10 17:08

    Don't care what you reporters write,To me Suarez is the most feared striker in the Premier League,most talented and other than Messi and C Ronaldo no one comes close to him in world soccer. YNWA @ LFC.

  • Vishen - 2013-01-10 18:14


  • ruben.maistry - 2013-01-10 20:11

    Suarez has come a long way. Beware of the crafty fox, Sir Alex, he will plan to get Suarez red carded. Suarez must give off the ball to a beter positioned player to strike if he does not have a good sight of goal. This will throw United's defence off. On many a game team mates had a beter scoring chance but he did not lay off the ball. He can really turn the opposition defence. Looking forward to Sunday, I hope we are going to see a good game of football on merit with a deserving victor. Please officials, do not mess this game. NEVER WALK ALONE.

      james.strawson.9 - 2013-01-10 21:26

      And just guess who the ref will be, none other than Fergusons extra player.....Howard Webb!

  • mike.burrows.37 - 2013-01-11 08:14

    I see Howard Webb has just signed a new 2 year deal with Man U and SAF hopes to sign at least 3 more refs before the transfer window closes

  • marc.moon.10 - 2013-01-11 09:38

    Suarezs is the biggest cheat in world football and an utter disgrace to the game.

  • lucien.langenhoven - 2013-01-11 11:27

    Just wish that football can be restored to its heyday... Not this diva stuff it got going now. I blame FIFA officials over the years trying to "evolve" the game with time. Knocking a player of the ball which left him tumbling 4 metres on was seen as a 50/50 challenge not this shizz they got now if you nudge someone it's a card. Going in hard for a tackle was seen as a defenders job, now a defender needs to make "enough" contact with the ball. The law protects strikers and attacking mid-fielders and leave defenders stranded holding the heads in anticipation every time they make a challenge. Strikers needed skill to beat defenders, not the ref. Mid-fielders needed class, stability, endurance and precision to make or break opposing teams. Defenders needed to be tough and not be afraid to get stuck in. How times have changed for the worst. Suarez dives, Torres too, Young, Pedro, CR7, Gervinho, Robinho all dive, even defenders dive (who doesn't to win a game these days). Don't blame the players; blame FIFA for imposing these soft rules. Get these guys out on a Sunday league pitch and they will be sure not to dive again but put in a gutsy performance of staying on your feet and not moaning about being called names or cry about gestures made because there is no money involved but only reputation of being the best team and not individual.

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