Over the years, Luis Suarez has done a fair amount of things that has made him possibly one of the most disliked football players in the world. Biting opposition players, stopping a certain goal in a World Cup quarter final with your hand and celebrating when the resulting penalty was missed, and of course racially abusing our very own Patrice Evra – claiming to be the victim afterwards. While it’s feasible to suggest that the whole of Ghana, a lot of Holland, and certainly the non-racist people in England hate Suarez, it’s always amusing to hear that another person has joined the anti-Suarez; especially when it’s a Premiership footballer.
Ashley Williams, the Swansea City defender, has spoken out about Suarez in his new book My Premier League Diary, amusingly saying he’d love to knock him out. As if the Liverpool’s Being Liverpool television series wasn’t showing enough of the cringeworthy side of the club and Brendan Rogers, the book that so heavily criticises Suarez was actually sanctioned by Brendan Rogers during his time as Swansea City manager. Read what Williams had to say on Suarez below.
Suarez has that aura about him that says, “I’m untouchable”, and his manner and behaviour made me want to knock him out. I’d go as far as to say that the manner in which he approached the game, with utter contempt for us all, means that he’s streets ahead of any player I’ve truly disliked since we’ve been in the Premier League. He dived more than any other player I’ve played against before – it was so bad I was genuinely shocked. Throughout the game, he just dived down and screamed at any given moment.
Now, obviously, diving has crept into the game more and more in recent years and, as a defender, you have to be aware of it. But even the players you know that like a dive at least wait until there is some sort of challenge or contact. Not Suarez. A couple of times I’d hear the scream, see him writhing on the floor and for the life of me couldn’t see where the contact could have been.’ They [Liverpool] won a corner, and I appealed to the ref to say that it had come off him last. He said something to me with a bit of a snarl, so I just told him to shut his mouth. Basically I have no time for the guy at all.
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