Swansea City's Ashley Williams stokes Suarez fires
ASHLEY Williams has ramped up the heat ahead of Liverpool's visit to Swansea by revealing he dislikes Luis Suarez more than any other player.
Williams played against Suarez twice last season and will go head to head with the in-form striker again on Sunday when Liverpool are at the Liberty. In his book My Premier League Diary, which is out today, the Swansea City centre-back hits out at Suarez's behaviour on the pitch and the constant diving, which has made the Uruguayan one of the most controversial figures in the Premier League.
"Suarez has that aura about him that says 'I'm untouchable'," wrote Williams after Swansea's 0-0 draw at Anfield last year.
"I'd go as far as to say that the manner in which he approached the game, with utter contempt for us all, means that he's streets ahead of any player I've truly disliked since we've been in the Premier League.
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"He dived more than any other player I've played against before — it was so bad I was genuinely shocked.
"Throughout the game, he just dived down and screamed at any given moment.
"Now, obviously, diving has crept into the game more and more in recent years and, as a defender, you have to be aware of it.
"But even the players you know that like a dive at least wait until there is some sort of challenge or contact.
"A couple of times I'd hear the scream, see him writhing on the floor and for the life of me couldn't see where the contact could have been."
Williams also took exception to Suarez in the return match last May.
After Swansea's 1-0 win in SA1, he wrote: "Having played against him twice now I just have to say that I don't like the bloke.
"They won a corner, and I appealed to the ref to say that it had come off him last. He said something to me with a bit of a snarl, so I just told him to shut his mouth.
"I don't like the superior manner he brings on the field with him.
"Basically I have no time for the guy at all."
See page 53 for an extended extract from Ashley Williams's book, My Premier League Diary.