Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has admitted to diving, but feels that he gets treated unfairly by the British media.
The Uruguayan has never been far from controversy since his 2011 arrival at Anfield, with his willingness to go to ground and his fierce attitude dividing opinion.
Suarez confessed to simulating during the Reds’ 0-0 home draw with Stoke last October in an attempt to help his team.
“I don’t listen to all the nonsense some people say about me,” he is quoted by The Mirror.
“I’m accused of cheating here – people say I throw myself all the time inside the box.
“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 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.”
Suarez’s rap sheet in English football has grown to quite an extent, with racial abuse of Patrice Evra and offensive hand gestures targeted at Fulham fans just two instances that have gained him notoriety.
The 25-year-old’s latest misdemeanour came during the club’s FA Cup win over Mansfield, when he appeared to handle the ball before scoring, what would prove to be, the winning goal.
He stated that his actions were not deliberate, but he feels his reputation led to widespread criticism:
“I touched the ball with my hand accidentally, and I was criticised because I kissed my hand (his normal goal celebration).
“It’s complicated to play here in England. It’s complicated for a South American footballer to be here as we are treated differently to the local footballers.”