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Arsenal defender Koscielny calls Liverpool's Suarez a cheat

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By Andrew Tuft

Tuesday 16 October 2012

Laurent Koscielny has described Luis Suarez as a “cheat” and claimed that for that reason, the Liverpool striker is his least favourite opponent, according to the Daily Telegraph. The Arsenal defender was speaking with the French media.

Luis Suarez

Koscielny relayed a tale from the recent encounter between Liverpool and Arsenal, when he and Suarez were jostling for position and the Uruguayan took a tumble, calling in English for a penalty. No spot kick was given and Arsenal went on to win the match 2-0 thanks to goals from Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla. Koscielny entered the match as a late substitute.

Suarez, Koscielny added, has a tendency to pull his marker’s shirt and slyly hit his opponent with what the centre-back claims are “small blows”, with Koscielny admitting a desire to retaliate but avoiding doing so for fear of being sent off.

The Liverpool striker has been at the centre of a number of controversial incidents this season, raising the ire of Stoke City manager Tony Pulis as well as seeming to be stamped on by Stoke defender Robert Huth. A FIFA vice-president has also criticised Suarez recently, while Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and teammates Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson have defended the forward.

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