The latest from the brain of Luis Suarez, courtesy of the Daily Mail, who reprinted Suarez’s remarks to Fox Sports Argentina:

‘When someone comes and says to me something bad about being a South American, I don’t cry, because that happens inside the pitch.

‘I have my conscience clean. But as I have said: Manchester United controls the media, they are powerful and the media will always help them.

‘I can help Liverpool today. We are united and we can play well. Liverpool doesn’t depend on me.

‘It’s complicated to play here in England. As Carlitos (Carlos Tevez) and Kun (Sergio Aguero) has said, it’s complicated for a South American footballer to be here as we are treated differently to the local footballers.

‘But they have their culture, they are like this, you know. I have to play football, which is what I always wanted, but I have suffered a lot for being a footballer.

There’s no mistaking that the English football media loves a winner, or that Sir Alex Ferguson has often used his significant ability to control the footballing narrative like no other manager. He admitted that he takes his club’s relationship with the domestic media very seriously in his interview with some Harvard Business School grad students last year.

This is a tricky subject to broach, but Suarez has instead wasted an opportunity to discuss the issue in earnest and instead put on his tinfoil hat. He can do this because he knows many within the Liverpool establishment will nod in agreement. This despite the regular criticism Sir Alex receives for his hypocrisy and his own lack of perspective on the persecution of Man United at the hands of the press.

What I think is fascinating here is the belief that the media narrative matters. That the coverage of the Daily Mail somehow filters its way down through the Football Association to the minds of its governors or through the Premier League into the minds of officials.

Comments (13)

  1. This is one of the many things wrong with Liverpool.

    They continually allow one of their players to go out with this type of nonsense and rather than take a firm line with the player they will continue defend him and look like a small mentality club.

    Their communications department needs some major help – it’s been embarrassment after embarrassment. Not unlike the direction Fenway Sports Group has taken with the Boston Red Sox.

  2. Poor poor Suarez. Get’s paid millions of dollars to do something he loves. You could always go back to South America

  3. Isn’t this like one the pillars of being a Liverpool player?

    One being that you must publicly claim that you are ecstatic to play for the biggest club in the PL – that regardless of the fact that Liverpool haven’t won the title in 23 years. Another being that you must, at least once, celebrate a goal against Man Utd with the ’5 times’ gesture, even if you weren’t apart of the team that won any of the European Cups…and of course, lastly, claim or insinuate that Manchester United/Ferguson have the referees/the FA, or in this case, the entirety that is the English Media, in their pockets. Re: Babel’s Howard Webb tweet.

    I mean, I’m not even surprised by these conspiracy theories anymore. I’m sure the fans will be happy he’s said this. Speculating about this fills their time, instead of having them focusing on all the trophies they’re seriously contending for… oh, wait.

  4. Let’s be honest, he’s right. Media narratives, no matter how trashy, do matter. And from someone who has lived in england, you can’t compare it to canada, there is a general racial bias in everything.

  5. Richard, your tone in the last paragraph seems to indicate you don’t believe media narrative matters. Have I read that wrong?

    If not, have to disagree…it does matter. Otherwise, why did Ferguson boycott the BBC, for instance?

  6. Is this a new article? Because I remember him saying this to either a Spanish Language or Dutch media outlet sometime around the end of last season

  7. Oh look another anti-Suarez and anti-Liverpool article by Mr. Whitall. Why do I even ready your drivel.

  8. Damn you caught me! But seriously though, why not mention Mr. Alardyce’s recent comments as well? Just sayin’.

  9. Uh – if the media narrative doesn’t matter, does that mean The Score should be out of business?

  10. Spectator sports are compelling because of their narratives; Suárez is fulfilling a very important role for Liverpool at the moment. He is a stellar player that cannot get a break; for Liverpool, a team that does not have much on the field domination, they need something else to be a part of. Suárez is emblematic of their situation. That ‘something’ is a sense of exclusion, exception, and discrimination. We can debate whether or not this is ‘true’ but that is also part of the narrative. This article is just participating in that; trying to engage in a meta-narrative of critique is bizarre – as if it were possible to journalists to break through the ‘fourth-wall’ of their performance (sorry a “blog” doesn’t change that).

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