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Swansea City's Ashley Williams stokes Suarez fires

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 21, 2012

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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.

"Not Suarez.

"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.

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  • Hadoken845111  |  November 24 2012, 1:41AM

    Fairness, AW said... he felt like knocking him out, that is not a threat, that is simply a recollection of a thought everyone can relate to, as we have all see people in society that we have wanted to hit, but refrained from doing so, just as ashley did. Just watch this... http://tinyurl.com/btx2388 Now imagine those antics were on the last game of the year, and the penalty was given and swansea were knocked out. Football is a big deal for many, it goes way beyond a game, you cant cheat that, especially when you have his talent which is undeniable. I watch the swans train for 30 minutes twice a week, you really get a good idea about how they are as people, my view on williams is he is fiery he cusses all the time, and then ten second laters he is laughing and joking again, I would not take what he says too seriously. Chances are he is just trying to get some pr for his book, cos I never even knew he had one coming out until this was done. Sadly, this is how the media is these days, they dont care about normality, they only publish drama. Do you think it was any coincidence HELEN FLANAGAN worded her tweet about swansea\wales as she did, then several months later was on IM A CELEB. This is how things are now...

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  • KP287  |  November 24 2012, 1:05AM

    Fairness, AW never threatened violence against the cheating, diving Suares. You don`t haver to be an occasional football fan to see how much disrepute Suarez brings to the game. If only referees did the job they were suppose to, players like Suarez would not be plying their trade in the EPL. Rogers should hang his head in shame for defending Suraez, but what do we expect from so called English elite teams. SUAREZ IS ACHEAT AND A DISGRACE TO FOOTBALL SIMPLE AS!!!!

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  • Fairness  |  November 23 2012, 3:40AM

    My previous comment shoud have read Aberdave, not Averdave. There is your typo to point out.

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  • Fairness  |  November 23 2012, 3:34AM

    Averdave You totally skirted the issue of Ashley Williams threatening violence against Luis Suarez. That is the issue at hand, which you selected to ignore or maybe you were not able to understand the terms used. For your enlightenment, if that is at all possible, the following information from The Crown Prosecution Service for England and Wales is pertinent. ( you can easily find this online,but then again, it may be too much of a challenge for you so here it is): Examples of Behaviour: Hitting, slapping, pushing, kicking Examples of possible offences/ relevant legislation: Common assault s.39 Criminal Justice Act 1988; actual bodily harm s.47 Offences Against the Person Act 1861; grievous bodily harm / with intent s.20 and 18, OAPA 1861. Therefore we have a threat to commit an offence that needs to be treated with the utmost rigour. As for the words Ashley Williams proffered had come from Luis Suarez´s mouth,they would have been labelled as racist. But you know, with Ashley is ok. And lastly, Averdave, this whole thing is indeed about the two players and about hypocrisy. We have Luis Suarez , who suffered a severe penalty for allegedly uttering words to Evra in a language he is not familiar with. Evra had previously insulted him (in Spanish) with the worst epithet you could throw at a Uruguayan. An then you have a Mr. Ashley Williams, all torn up because he does not like Suarez, that publicly and unequivocally states that he will resolve that issue by applying bodily harm and knocking Suarez down. Ashley Williams should be criminally prosecuted with rigour ( here´s that pretty word again). There is no room for violent players in football . Congratulations, by the way, for concentrating on spell checking presso´s dead on comments. It must have taken a tremendous amount of effort to catch that typo. Well done. As for the matter of education and learning, I am writing to you in a language that is not my native language. For the record, I speak three languages fluently, which, chances are, is not your case, so do not tell people to go back to school when you are not the poster child for enlightenment.

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  • KP287  |  November 22 2012, 11:18PM

    Ash, make sure from the first time he touches the ball, you are there, give him no time and hit him hard... I commented earlier in the week about Suarez and I think he could be dangerous, especially if the ref is weak.

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  • Mr20cman  |  November 22 2012, 10:20PM

    Stoking Suarez fires? Am I missing something here? Williams made these comments in his book, released today but probably written sometime last year. The only people stoking fires here are the press, making up some headlines and stirring up a bit of controversy before Sunday's match.

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  • Aberdave  |  November 22 2012, 9:34PM

    Yes presso, 'proberly'. Ha ha well done. And Fairness, Ashley isn't saying he dislikes Suarez because of his race, but because he dives at any opportunity, which is undoubtedly bad for the game. You need to go to school to learn to read and take Presso with you so he can learn how to write. Anyway, this isn't about these two players, it's about Swansea vs. Liverpool. Liverpool have been completely outplayed by the Swans the last two times they've met, which maybe explains why the fans are a bit touchy.

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  • presso  |  November 22 2012, 6:55PM

    Ashley WHO ????? Trying to start another race slur by winding him up and saying you want to punch him ?????? Grow up little man !!!! What a good role model you are to kids ???? I just hope you ain't got none, because if that's your intent then they would proberly end up in jail !!!!! What a small minded little thug you are !!!!!

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  • Fairness  |  November 22 2012, 2:00PM

    "I wanted to knock Williams out, said Suarez" O my god, call the police, Suarez is threatening Williams with VIOLENCE and is insulting him with obvious racial overtones. Arrest Suarez, publicly denounce his horrible comments, and ...... WAIT A MINUTE .... It is the other way around... Ashley Williams said that about Suarez, ok, ok NEVER MIND. It is ok if it is Williams who said that. My mistake. Mr. Ashley Williams can insult and threaten violence against Suarez, and nobody will act to punish those deeds ?????? Explain to me the double standard here. I am confused. Is it because of what ??? HYPOCRISY AT ITS BEST. WAKE UP GREAT BRITAIN

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  • abertawejack  |  November 21 2012, 7:27PM

    No disrespects to our to our Ashley here but: I would like to say as (an old codger) Swan's supporter, I acknowledge young Suarez, a formidable goal scorer of whom I've admired since playing for Liverpool. He is in my eye's indeed a very talented individual who needs the highest Praise. The Swans way will undoubtedly be instrumental to this outcome. Our loyal fans will once again be an asset and worthy of a point, (thanks to their vocal chords) just as long as the Liverpool team carry on being so negative every time young Suarez scores! I'll be chuffed to bits if he realizes that our "Swans team" really would accept Suarez with open arms should he so wish to join us. C'mon U Swansssssssssssssss Yeehaa. our Ashley will look after you my son.

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