Suarez: I invented a foul against Stoke because I wanted to win… but I was unfairly treated over Mansfield handball
17:19 GMT, 16 January 2013
18:08 GMT, 16 January 2013
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has admitted he 'invented' a foul against Stoke City to try to win the match but believes he was unfairly treated following his handball against Mansfield.
Suarez came under attack from Stoke defenders and the media for his blatant attempt at winning a penalty during the game at Anfield earlier this season.
And he has now come clean, telling Fox Sports Argentina: 'I don't listen all the nonsense some
people say about me. I'm accused of cheating here. People say I throw
myself all the time inside
Taking a tumble: Suarez hit the deck during the match with Stoke in an attempt to win a penalty
'Let's see: they said that when we
played against Stoke, for instance, and in that case they were right. I
invented a foul because we were drawing 1-1 against Stoke and I wanted
'Sometimes on the pitch I say to myself, “What have I done” But the name of Suarez sells papers.
'The other day, for instance, I touched the ball with my hand accidentally, 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.'
In the interview in Argentina, aired today, he claims the reason he is targeted is because Manchester United hold sway over the English media.
The Liverpool striker also believes
the media is helping Sir Alex Ferguson's side in their quest to regain
the Barclays Premier League title.
had seemed the race row and handball controversies involving Suarez had
been put to one side following the drama-free North West derby on
He also slammed the media for treating him and his fellow South Americans differently to British players.
No stranger to controversy: Suarez was involved in a race row with Evra and, more recently, there was this handball against Mansfield (below)
He said: 'When someone comes and says
to me something bad about being a South American, I don't cry, because
that happens inside 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 today. We are united and we can play well. Liverpool doesn't depend on me.
'It's complicated to play here in
England. As Carlitos (Carlos Tevez) and Kun (Sergio Aguero) has 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. I have to play football, which is what I always
wanted, but I have suffered a lot for being a footballer.
Bold claims: Suarez believes Manchester United control the English media