Liverpool’s Luis Suarez is not concerned with the escalating diving argument stemming from his dive against Stoke City last weekend.
The Uruguayan was accused of simulation after appearing to hit the ground unchallenged during Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Stoke, leading to Tony Pulis calling for the FA to hand down bans to the Premier League’s divers. FIFA vice president Jim Boyce recently weighed in on the argument, and labelled the act of diving in order to hand their team an advantage a “cancer” on the game.
Suarez, who is away on international duty preparing for World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Bolivia, appears unperturbed by the vilification he is facing, and instead is focused on his own performances for club and country.
"Everyone should focus on their own team," Suarez told Uruguayan publication Ovacion, ESPN report. "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."
Suarez also expressed his gratitude towards his club manager, Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers reacted angrily to criticism from Stoke manager Pulis, and called for greater perspective on the incident, when it became apparent that Suarez was victim of a vicious stamp to the chest by Stoke defender Robert Huth in the same game.
"The support of the coach is very important to me and that's what I really care about,” Suarez added.