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Oct 10, 2012

Luis Suarez: 'Anxiety brings me to protest'

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez admits he is "anxious" during matches, but said he is not concerned that he is the center of a hot Premier League debate over diving.

"I have to improve my attitude on the pitch. The anxiety brings me to protest a lot," Suarez told Uruguay's Ovacion newspaper Tuesday after a press conference ahead of Uruguay's World Cup qualifier vs. Argentina on Friday at 8 p.m. ET. "If I started reading the newspapers, I wouldn't be able to play in England. I am happy at Liverpool, the coach likes me and the players do too.

"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."

The lively diving debate gained steam this week after Liverpool striker Luis Suarez's performance vs. Stoke, after which Stoke boss Tony Pulis called for a three-match ban for diving antics.

The English Football Association does not currently allow players to be punished for diving retroactively. Referees can only show a yellow card at most, but on Tuesday, FIFA vice president Jim Boyce said all associations should have policies banning the practice.

"I watched the latest (Luis) Suarez incident two or three times, and to me it is nothing less than a form of cheating," said Boyce, Britain's representative on FIFA. "It is becoming a little bit of a cancer within the game and I believe if it is clear to everyone that it is simulation then that person is trying to cheat and they should be severely punished for that.

"It can at times be very, very difficult for referees to judge whether something is a foul or a fair tackle and if players are diving then it makes their job even harder."

Information from Press Association was used in this report.

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