Team GB v Uruguay

Suarez vows to ignore GB jeers

July 31, 2012
By ESPN staff

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, whose every touch was jeered at Wembley on Sunday, insists he will ignore the British boo-boys during Wednesday's crucial clash with Team GB.

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GettyImagesLuis Suarez: Not popular with GB fans

Liverpool star Suarez, who was handed an FA ban after he was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra last season, was targeted by fans during Uruguay's clash against United Arab Emirates and again against Senegal at the weekend.

He is almost certain to receive similar treatment during Wednesday's Olympics Group A clash in Cardiff, when Uruguay must beat Team GB to progress at the hosts' expense, but he will pay no heed to chants from the stands.

"Fans should focus on themselves and their own team," Suarez said. "What interests me is the Liverpool fans and the Uruguay fans."

Suarez also received his fare share of jeers at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after preventing a goal for Ghana by handling the ball on the goalline and then cheering a save from the resulting penalty after he had been sent off.

Uruguay captain Diego Lugano believes the boos for Suarez could even inspire his team-mate.

"They whistle at him because they respect him," Lugano said. "That fills one with pride. When they whistle at you like that, perhaps it could even mean that they are scared, like what used to happen to Maradona's Argentina."