LIVERPOOL FC striker Luis Suarez has found himself an unlikely ally in Sam Allardyce after the West Ham United boss became the latest figure in the Premier League to round on Manchester United, and the perceived advantages they receive both on the pitch and in the media.
Yesterday, Suarez hit the headlines after giving an interview to FOX Argentina, broadcast in South America, in which he once again stated his belief that Manchester United control the media in the UK, leading to him being unfairly singled out for criticism.
“I have my conscience clean. But as I have said Manchester United controls the media, they are powerful and the media will always help them.”
The Uruguayan continued: “Sometimes on the pitch I say to myself ‘what have I done?’ But the name of Suarez sells papers.
“Recently I touched the ball with my hand accidentally, and I was criticised because I kissed my hand [his usual celebration].
“The media make up a lot of things about me because they want to sell papers. I say to the media: you should talk more about football, not about other stuff.
“I can help Liverpool. We are united and we can play well. But Liverpool doesn’t depend on me.”
After last night’s FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford, Sam Allardyce became the latest high-profile name to suggest United benefit from an unfair advantage in this country.
The Hammers boss saw his side lose 1-0 to United in the FA Cup 3rd round reply, but was left feeling aggrieved when his side were denied a penalty, whilst the same offence saw United awarded one.
“You see it time and time again at Old Trafford,” Allardyce said.
“There’s no doubt about the difference between Rafael’s handball and Jordan Spence’s. Spence plays for West Ham and the away team, while Rafael plays for the home side at Old Trafford.
“With Rafael, the ball hits his hand but no penalty is given. With Jordan Spence, the ball hits his hand and it’s a penalty. The incidents are the same. If you give one you’ve got to give both, simple as that.”