Some people will tell you there’s no such thing as bad publicity.
According to Luis Suarez though, there is.
The Barcelona striker and ex-Liverpool star has spoken out against the English media, saying they caused him to leave the club last summer.
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After scoring 31 goals in 33 appearances in the league for the Reds last season, Suarez made the move to Barcelona for the third-highest transfer fee in history.
Now Suarez is claiming the British press may have a “campaign” against him, and that he is very happy with his move away from Anfield.
Speaking to beIN Sports:
I don’t know if there is a campaign of the English press towards me, but it can be seen that they miss me. They criticize me so much that they look for something that is not there to draw attention.
They published images of me in the morning and when they saw that that was false those images disappeared off the pages. I said enough and that they leave me alone and that I went because I was tired of them, but yet they are still looking [for me].
I am very happy at Barca, I fulfilled a dream to play at the best club in the world and now I am enjoying it.
The family are very happy in Barcelona and enjoying a city that we knew. The children are in the school and my wife is very happy.”
Suarez is referencing a recent incident following Barcelona’s win over Manchester City in the Champions League, when a picture was published that appeared to show Suarez trying to bite City defender Martin Demichelis.
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The English tabloids jumped on the story, as Suarez has quite an extensive background in the field of biting your opponents. However, images from another angle clearly show there was no contact made and Suarez did not attempt to chomp down on Demichelis.
The Uruguayan international may have been treated harshly by the press during his time at Anfield, but some of it was warranted. Suarez received bans for biting Branislav Ivanovic and for racially abusing Patrice Evra, neither of which have any place in the game.
Luckily for Luis, Manchester City travel to Barcelona for the second leg of their Champions League matchup, so he won’t be back in England anytime soon.