by ‘Ifreke Inyang
Liverpool and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, has branded the fans who booed him at the Millenium Stadium, as cowards.
The former Ajax man was subjected to jeers anytime his face came up on the big screen, or he was involved in any incident on the pitch, as his side crashed out of the football competition at the Olympics.
“I think they jeer me and they boo me because they must be scared of facing a player like me,” he told reporters. “They fear me, but that doesn’t affect me. I’m hurt because we lost and are going home. We all had a dream and that was to win the gold medal here.”
“I can take the abuse. I don’t mind. But I think it was a total lack of respect from the crowd to boo when we were trying to sing our national anthem. Those things should not happen.”
Suarez’s reputation in English football took a hit, after he allegedly racially insulted Manchester United’s Patrice Evra last year, during a Premie League game.
Sebastian Coates, Suarez’s team-mate with club and country, however, think that the whole situation has gone out of hand and should end soon.
“I’m tired of this situation with Luis,” he said. “I think it has gone on too far and I don’t like to see him being treated like this.”
“I know the kind of person he is and I think the abuse he gets is very unfair. He knows all his team-mates and the whole country are fully behind him and I think fans over here should leave him alone.”