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Nov 22, 2012

Williams: 'I wanted to hit Luis Suarez'

Swansea defender Ashley Williams is facing disciplinary action from the Football Association after comments in his new book saying he wanted to hit Luis Suarez.

• Blog: Pressure key for Swansea

Williams, 28, has sparked a feud ahead of Liverpool's visit to Swansea on Sunday, with the release of his book My Premier League Diary revealing his frustration at Suarez's 'diving' antics.

The Welsh international held nothing back in his book, claiming that Suarez has become his most hated player in English football.

"Suarez dived more than any other player I've played against before - it was so bad I was genuinely shocked," Williams wrote. "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 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 I've been in the Premier League."

Williams continued to berate Suarez later in his book, insisting that while diving has become more of an issue in today's game, there is no player more culpable than the Uruguayan.

"Obviously, diving has crept into the game more and more in recent years and, as a defender, you have to be aware of it," Williams said. "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.

"Even referee Phil Dowd had enough of him and said, 'You're doing too much, Luis' at one point. The sad thing is that he's a brilliant player and I rate him very highly, but he just possesses this temperament that I can't stand to see in a fellow footballer.

"Having played against him twice now I just have to say that I don't like the bloke. Basically I have no time for the guy at all."

Williams and Suarez last faced off during Swansea's 3-1 Capital One Cup win last month, with the latter scoring as a second-half substitute.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers - Williams' former boss - believes the defender's comments were uncharacteristic.

"My experience of working with Ash is that he's a responsible, mature player," Rodgers said. "He's an international captain. When I saw those comments I was very surprised by them.

"He certainly wouldn't have meant it the way it came out. He's a good lad. Maybe it was something he didn't mean to get out there."

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