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Is this the front page that upset Suarez before England match?

Quotes on Monday attributed to Luis Suarez see him claim that English media prior to Uruguay’s meeting against Roy Hodgson’s side spurred him on in the match – where he scored two goals.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 2, 2014: Liverpool's Luis Suarez in action against West Bromwich Albion during the Premiership match at the Hawthorns. (Pic by Chris Brunskill/Propaganda)


The Guardian write that Suarez “implied that it had been criticism directly before the England tie that had riled him.”

The actual quotes from Suarez are:

“What happened before the match‚ I did not want to attack anybody, only some of the media started making fun of me and you are in the media. You should know what happened and why they did that to me.”

The Guardian’s report claims “It was unclear to what Suárez was referring.”

They explain how Suarez’s stock with the English media was actually at an all-time high prior to the tournament and he’d been awarded the Football Writers Player of the Year. Both true.

Indeed, a search through English newspapers for the fortnight prior to the England vs Uruguay game is difficult to find any negative press relating to Suarez.

So just what was Suarez referring to? It’s a question that a lot of English journalists and reporters have been asking on twitter.

The Times‘ Liverpool correspondent Tony Barrett replied to Associated Press’ Rob Harris explaining that Suarez was referring to a certain front page on one tabloid:

You can guess the tabloid, that rag. And here it is:


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