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I'm surprised no one, especially a rival fan did not post this one up, so thought I'd beat them to the punch.
Personally I recon Suarez should take this as a compliment. It tells me, Koscielny and I'm sure many other defenders just can't handle him, so would love to have refs think he's acting every game. Looks like gamesmanship to me, and an admission they need the extra help.
But let me ask "He pulls your shirt, giving small blows" have defenders never done that? Maybe he does think its bad sportsmanship, maybe even cheating, but is he telling us he and his teammates have never tried to con the ref? Never gone down easy when a striker has beaten them to the ball? Never thrown their hands up to tell the ref the striker is diving when they know full well there was contact, or maybe just stolen 3, 4, or 5 yards on a throw in to ensure they get the ball out of their own half.
Luis, you've got under their skin, and now they are all whining. Keep it up lad.
- 1 Reply to Robert M
No idea Robert, just my personal opinion that quite a few defenders like the fact Suarez has a reputation for going down easy as they need all the help they can against him and at least one seems to be fanning the flames himself.
To be honest I do think its shows a little weakness on the part of the complainer. It's one thing for the pundits to be coming out with their stories. They need to sell papers, and Suarez is flavor of the week (next week it will be someone else once the prem gets going again). But for a player coming out and complaining a fellow professional is a cheat, strikes me as a bit odd.
Seems to me either he's a blatant and obvious and constant cheat that morally offends them as sportsmen (cough), or there is something else about Suarez they don't like very much. Now I know you and others can point to some instances where Suarez may have tried to bend the rules, but then again in recent weeks I could also point to a couple cases where he's been denied calls after pretty blatant fouls (read cheating by defenders), so I'm really wondering what this is all about, and like I said before it looks and smells of gamesmanship to me.