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Rodgers slams Suarez diving comments

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has slammed Luis Suarez’s ‘unacceptable’ diving comments which he will deal with internally.

The striker admitted that he had ‘invented a foul’ against Stoke with the scores level at 1-1 in a game they went on to lose 3-1, but added that the media make things up about him to sell papers.

However, Rodgers has deemed these comments inappropriate, stating that the diving is not in line with the club’s ethics, and that Suarez has apologised ‘numerous times’.

He added to reporters: “(Diving) is not something we advocate. Our ethics are correct.

“There’s no doubt Luis is topical and probably will continue to be. He’s knocked on my door a few times and apologised.”

Suarez told 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 the box.

“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 to win.

“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.”

Thu 17 January, 2013
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