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Oct 10, 2012

Suarez calm over diving row

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is unworried by the criticism he has received in the wake of his apparent dive against Stoke.

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Suarez, 25, was lambasted by Tony Pulis following Sunday's 0-0 draw at Anfield, with the Potters boss accusing him of simulation and calling for players who dive to face retrospective three-match bans.

The incident and subsequent comments led to the reopening of the long-standing debate about diving and FIFA vice president Jim Boyce waded in on Tuesday, labelling the propensity for players to cheat in order to win free-kicks and penalties a "cancer" in the game.

However, Suarez - currently on international duty with Uruguay for their World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Bolivia - insists he does not care about being vilified in English football.

"Everyone should focus on their own team," he told Ovacion. "Those who want to talk can do so, I am not worried about what they say.

"They can keep talking and in the meantime I will keep on playing football and taking care of my team and what I do. Nothing else matters."

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers responded angrily to the criticism of his striker, and Suarez appreciates having his manager behind him, adding: "The support of the coach is very important to me and that's what I really care about."

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