Luis Suarez finds himself accused once again of simulation on Thursday morning following Uruguay’s routine World Cup qualifying playoff win over Jordan.
The South American side won 5-0 in Wednesday’s first leg, almost guaranteeing their ticket to Brazil. Suarez didn’t score, but he did draw attention for this incident:
Liverpool’s talismanic forward produced one of his trademark driving runs into the penalty area, but then appeared to fall without contact as a sliding challenge arrived.
No penalty was awarded for the fall, but neither was Suarez booked for any act of simulation.
The Daily Mail’s Paul Collins labelled Suarez’s tumble a “shocking attempt to win a penalty” as he “fell theatrically in the box.”
From the video above, it is difficult to truly establish if contact of any kind was made with the Liverpool man, but the timing of the latest incident arrives right before the Merseyside derby.
Last year, Suarez produced one of the comedy moments of the season when he mocked then-Everton boss David Moyes by diving right in front of the Scot in celebration of a goal.
Moyes had earlier accused the Uruguayan of falling to ground too easily. A separate Daily Mail article provides the quotes, made in Oct. 2012:
I would (be concerned about Suarez) because I think he has got history. But I am not the referee, I am not the one that (makes decisions). But I tell you what - it will turn the supporters away from football if they think players are conning their way to results.
Everton fans will undoubtedly bait Suarez when he returns to Goodison Park on Nov. 23, and his latest controversy will only bring further attention to the Liverpool man.
However, Brendan Rodgers will have been delighted to see his man emerge unscathed from Wednesday’s fixture, which saw Suarez removed with nine minutes remaining—the match sewn up.
Rodgers will now hope Uruguay can afford the forward even more rest during the second leg, given that Jordan would need a miracle to turn the tie around.