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Suarez family in tears after Manchester 'bite' taunt

Suarez received a 10-game ban for biting Ivanovic (©GettyImages)
Suarez received a 10-game ban for biting Ivanovic (©GettyImages).

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez says his family were left 'on the brink of tears' after fans in Manchester pretended to bite him when he was asked to pose for a photo.

The controversial Uruguyan is angling for a move away from Liverpool after claiming he is being hounded out of the country by the English media.

Suarez was the subject of increased press attention following his 10-game ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, which means he will miss the start of next season.

The Anfield striker has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent weeks, and has hinted he is after a move to the Bernabeu.

Suarez highlighted an incident in Manchester which he feels demonstrates why he needs to leave Liverpool and the Premier League.

"About a week ago I was walking in a shopping centre near Manchester and three or four guys asked me for a photo," he told RR Gol.

"While we were posing for it my wife said to me "Luis, get out of the photo". She noticed they were making biting gestures. I was with my wife and my daughter. Things like that get on your nerves. My wife was on the brink of tears and the blokes ran off laughing. You get tired of stuff like that."

Suarez's ban for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra has also dogged his time in England, and he believes his suspension was disproportionate given that John Terry was banned for four games by the FA for a similar incident.

"Without any proof they gave me an eight-match ban, but with Terry, where they had proof, lip-readers, they gave him four, I'm South American and I think that's the root of all of this," Suarez claimed.

Amidst rumours of a big-money move to Real Madrid - which Liverpool say they will not consider - Suarez concedes even his love for the Merseyside club is not strong enough to make him stay.

"Liverpool is a club that I dreamt about playing for as a boy. I have been with great players there, they know me and I would love to continue for many more years at Liverpool. The stadium is spectacular, the fans are phenomenal: people with tattoos of me, things that I could never have imagined.

"After the [Evra] suspension people would come up to me, this is something that really touched me and they would say: "Luis forget everything and stay."

"But I can't forget as it was something that I had to suffer, that my family had to suffer and away from football I have a family to support and who are hurt by these things." 

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