Short Soccer, January 18, 2013

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 January, 2013, 4:27am


Suarez admits to diving against Stoke City

Controversial Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 25, believes he is picked on by the British media but admits he did dive earlier this season in a Premier League match.

In an interview with Fox Sports Latin America, the Uruguayan said he often made headlines because his name sold newspapers.

Suarez, Liverpool's top scorer, who has netted 15 Premier League goals this season, two behind the league leader marksman Robin van Persie, owned up to diving against Stoke City at Anfield on October 7.

"I think that on the pitch you have reactions where you ask yourself 'What the hell did I do?' I'll be sincere, I did dive there because we were anxious against Stoke at home and wanted to come up with something." The match ended goalless. Suarez has angered opposition managers, players and fans alike. He came under fire again this month when he netted Liverpool's second goal after a clear handball in the FA Cup match against minor league Mansfield Town. Reuters


AC Milan says no plan to sign Beckham

AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani says the club is highly unlikely to sign either David Beckham or Kaka this month. Beckham has been linked to clubs in France, Australia and Asia after leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy. Reports say the former England captain would like a return to Milan, where he had loan spells in 2009 and 2010. AP


Saha told he can say ta-ta by O'Neill

French striker Louis Saha has been told he can leave Sunderland, manager Martin O'Neill said. Saha, a former Manchester United player, 34, arrived at the Stadium of Light in the close season after being released by Tottenham Hotspur but has only been used as a substitute. "He is free to speak to other clubs," O'Neill said. AFP