Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre defends under-fire Luis Suárez

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre believes Luis Suárez is being unfairly targeted in the ongoing diving debate

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Luis Suárez joined Liverpool in a £22.75m deal in January 2011 Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

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Luis Suárez has been unfairly targeted in the recent diving debate, according to Liverpool’s managing director Ian Ayre.

The 25-year-old was roundly criticised for an attempt to win a penalty in Liverpool’s goalless draw with Stoke City on Sunday, with Tony Pulis calling for retrospective punishments for players who dive.

However, Ayre believes Suarez is being made a scapegoat for the issue and claims the former Ajax striker is a victim of his reputation.

“I think it’s reputation because of what happened last season,” Ayre told Sky Sports News.

“Now everything Luis Suárez does is in the spotlight, but if we are going to treat people because of something they do on the pitch then we should treat everybody equally.

“I am not saying that anyone in particular is targeting him, what I am saying is if there is going to be a debate, whether it’s a media debate or other, then it has been to be a fair one about everybody and not about Luis Suárez which seems to be the case.”

He added: “I am not surprised by the reaction because we all feel he is a bit of target.

“If you look from the start of this season or perhaps the end of last season through to last weekend I think it is fair to say Luis hasn’t had the luck of the draw really in terms of decisions.

“It was proven on your channel and others that on many occasions that he was denied what he should have been given.

“I just feel his style of play, the way he kind of nips in and out he’s just a target for tackles and defenders if you like.

“What I would say he has not had the rub of the green in terms of decisions but hopefully that changes as the season goes on.”

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