Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has responded to Jim Boyce’s claims that the Anfield star is a ‘cheat’ and dives to win penalties by the FIFA vice-president is a nobody.
The Reds man has been at the centre of diving row all week after Stoke City manager Tony Pulis claimed he should be banned for trying for going down untouched in the Premier League clash at Anfield last Sunday.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was forced to defend his top scorer from Potters critics, but they were then backed up by Boyce claiming that diving had become a “cancer” in football and criticised Suarez for trying to win free-kicks and penalties when he had not been fouled.
Liverpool were desperate for a goal in the 0-0 draw against Stoke and Suarez went to the ground without any apparent contact being made by a defender, but he was in bullish mood when talking about Boyce, claiming the FIFA official of attention-seeking.
“This guy, I’ve no idea who he is,” the Uruguyan was quoted as saying in The Sun.
“I don’t know why he has been talking about me. He certainly can’t be well-known and he wants to get publicity.
“Let him carry on talking. My job is to play football and to try to do so in the best way possible.”
The Uruguayan FA did not take kindly to Boyce’s public criticism and filed a complaint with FIFA in light of his comments.
Liverpool will be glad of some down time from another publicity pickle involving Suarez, as he is away on international duty until next week.
Rodgers will be hoping his star man comes back unscathed, however, as he is now the only fit recognised senior striker at Liverpool since summer signing Fabio Borini suffered a suspected broken foot while training with Italy and is expected to miss a big chunk of the season.