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Sir Alex Ferguson Says Liverpool’s Luis Suarez Attracts Controversy

January 12th, 2013 at 1:00 PM
By Glenn Hamilton

It is hard to argue that Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is one of the most controversial figures in the Premier League and perhaps the world, with the Uruguayan constantly making headlines for the wrong reasons. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Suarez's long history with controversy has now made him a magnet for it.

'Luis Suarez runs at Distin 2' photo (c) 2012, Ruaraidh Gillies - license:

Liverpool will visit Old Trafford on Sunday in the hopes of proving that the Reds can, in the near future, play alongside the likes of United. The last time Suarez visited the Theater of Dreams, he refused to shake Patrice Evra's hand even though he assured manager Kenny Dalglish he would. The two cooled their rivalry this season, which included a racism charge for Suarez,  when the two teams met at Anfield but controversy continues to follow Suarez. Just last week, Suarez scored the winner in Liverpool's match against Mansfield in the FA Cup but replays showed he clearly handled the ball. It may not have exactly been the striker's fault but controversy reared its ugly head yet again. 

Ferguson claimed he was not surprised by Suarez involvement in more controversy and says the Liverpool striker attracts it now. Ferguson admits he did not see the Mansfield game and so does not know if the handball was deliberate but concedes that Suarez courts controversy and sometimes benefits from it. Ferguson was also not surprised that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been behind his player and the Scot admits he would do the same.

"You're always going to support your own player," Ferguson told The Sun. "That's not surprising from Brendan Rodgers. I've done it myself. It's part of your loyalty and protection of the player. I just we hope don't suffer from some of the decisions that went Suarez's way on Sunday."

Ferguson also commented on his own striker and claimed that Robin van Persie had the chance to go to rivals Manchester City but turned them down early on. Ferguson believed that van Persie might have gone to Juventus but feels United are very fortunate that the Dutchman chose the Red Devils.

Tags: Brendan Rodgers, Luis Suarez, Manchester, Manchester United, Premier League, Robin van Persie, Sir Alex Ferguson, Soccer

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