John Barnes: 'Luis Suarez treated unfairly'

Luis Suarez
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Liverpool legend John Barnes believes that Luis Suarez's reputation as a diver is "unfair" on the striker.

Liverpool legend John Barnes has claimed that Luis Suarez's reputation as a diver is "unfair".

The Reds striker has been frequently criticised by opposition fans and managers alike for his supposed theatrics on the football pitch.

However, ESPN analyst Barnes believes that the controversial Uruguayan is only looking to "gain an advantage".

"The diving tag is unfair on him. He is no different to anyone else in world football who plays up front," he said.

"He twists and turns at ridiculous angles and he very often falls over.

"I don't see diving. Sometimes you look to gain an advantage. This is the way modern football is. It changed when the modern laws came in to protect the player. That has allowed players to look for an advantage."

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers recently revealed that he had spoken to referees chief Mike Riley over concern that his team were not getting enough decisions from officials.

John Barnes was speaking ahead of ESPN's live and exclusive coverage of Man United v Spurs at 4.30pm on Saturday. Visit espn.co.uk/tv for details.

Chris Hughton
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