Upton Park

Next Game

West Ham v Liverpool

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Anfield

Last Game

Liverpool 2 - 1 Ludogorets

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group B

Lugano to Suarez's defence

West Bromwich Albion centre-back Diego Lugano believes his Uruguay team-mate Luis Suarez receives "fierce" treatment in the Premier League.

Last Updated: 02/02/14 at 16:19 Post Comment

Diego Lugano: Backing Luis Suarez and Nicolas Anelka as they battle with English

Diego Lugano: Backing Luis Suarez and Nicolas Anelka as they battle with English

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Lugano comes up against his compatriot on Sunday as the Baggies host fourth-placed Liverpool at The Hawthorns.

Suarez's time in the English top flight has not been without controversy and Lugano does not understand why the striker receives a hostile reception wherever he goes.

However, despite Suarez being handed bans for alleged racial abuse and biting an opponent, Lugano believes it is the Liverpool forward who is harshly treated.

"Luis is fiercely tackled in every game but that's because he is the best Premier League player," he claimed in an interview with The Sun.

"They tackle Luis also because he is a tough guy and he will be up on his feet after being tackled and facing defenders again.

"Luis is the best player in the league and even my team-mates at West Brom have asked me to a shirt signed by him."

Culture

Lugano insists Suarez' character cannot be judged by his previous actions and reiterated his support for his fellow countryman.

"There are people that still doubt whether Luis is a good person or not," he added. "I always say exactly the same - he is not a bad person for having had troubles with some opponents.

"That says nothing about him as a person. In my team, I would like to have a player like him, who fights and troubles his opponents but is like a lion when he has to defend his team-mates.

"Luis gets hard tackles all the time and nobody here in England says something about it. But if you insult an opponent inside the pitch, as it happened with Luis, then you will be punished.

"That's part of the English culture and you, as a player, have to adapt to it."

Suarez is not the only man to be embroiled in controversy however. Lugano's West Brom team-mate Nicolas Anelka has recently been charged by the FA for celebrating his goal with a 'quenelle salute', deemed to be an anti-Semitic gesture.

Despite admitting he did not understand the celebration initially, Lugano believes both Anelka and Suarez are picked out because they are the best players in the league.

Surprised

"I'm surprised as well that Anelka has been punished for a gesture," he said. "I must confess that I didn't know what it meant.

"I asked him and he told me it was a gesture for a friend of his - a French comedian.

"But you know English people; they are really strict over here. Just look at the case of Suarez. I think that they punish people like Anelka or Suarez because they are world class players."

Away from the ongoing furore off the field, Lugano has been impressed by Anelka's strength and determination in training.

"I was surprised by Anelka," he admitted. "He's a really tough forward. Our training sessions are tough.

"I have tackled him many times and he has never said anything to me.

"He doesn't even look at me. He just gets up and keeps playing. That's amazing. I've told him I was truly surprised by him as a player."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew - It's mass hysteria

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Premier League: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger backs Mesut Ozil

Arsene Wenger insists Mesut Ozil must not be used as a 'scapegoat' for Arsenal's shortcomings.

Premier League: Manchester City's Fernandinho wants win over Chelsea

Fernandinho wants Manchester City to close the gap on Chelsea with victory over the Premier League leaders on Sunday.

Europa League: Everton boss Roberto Martinez delighted with 4-1 win over Wolfsburg

Roberto Martinez was delighted with Everton's display as they brushed aside Wolfsburg to win 4-1 in the Europa League.

Mail Box

No, Wenger IS To Blame For Failure...

The backlash to the backlash to the backlash sees Arsene Wenger getting a good kicking while we also have mails on Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton and lots more...

Why Doesn't Rodgers Play Borini?

One Liverpool supporter thinks this could be Fabio Borini's year, whilst we also have thoughts on the Red Bulls, Welbeck vs Gervinho and Paul Lambert's new deal...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property