Double Standards at Work with Criticism of Suarez; Cheating Foreigner Syndrome' to Blame for Handball Goal Outcry

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Double Standards at Work with Criticism of Suarez; Cheating Foreigner Syndrome' to Blame for Handball Goal Outcry


Byline: DAVID PRENTICE

OU may not like Luis Suarez. You may believe he deserves everything he gets. Or you may, like me, believe that he's been the victim of "cheating foreigner syndrome" this week. Double standards certainly seem to have been applied where the Reds striker is concer ned. ESPN quickly issued an apology on behalf of their commentator, Jon Champion, after his unequivocal announcement during Sunday's FA Cup broadcast. "Well that, I'm afraid, is the work of a cheat," he declared, without any room for manouevre. Happily his bosses quickly put him straight. Because the incident wasn't black and white. It was certainly open to interpretation. And my immediate interpretation - upheld on subsequent viewings - was that Suarez tried to pull his hand away from the ball, kicked the ball into the net in frustration because he wasn't quick enough to do so - then proceeded with his usual wrist-kissing celebration when he realised it had been given. Suarez does have previous. Plenty of it.

And it was amusing to see his media defenders point out that he is usually more sinned against than sinner, especially when it comes to cynical physical challenges. Everton's Sylvain Distin and Wigan's David Jones may have something to say about that. But when it comes to diving, feigning injury and complaining to match officials, there does appear to have been a concerted attempt by the Uruguayan to cut those antics out. His last significant 'dive' was the one in front of David Moyes. The histrionics which saw Jack Rodwell wrongly red-carded in a Merseyside derby last season have not been repeated this term. And even when he has clearly been wronged - like in the final minute of this season's Goodison derby - his reactions have not been inflammatory. …

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