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Liverpool's Luis Suarez hits back at FIFA 'cheat' blast

Luis Suarez: Has been accused of diving to win penalties against Manchester United and Stoke in recent weeks

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Liverpool Luis Suarez has responded angrily after FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce branded him a cheat.

Boyce, Britain's representative at the governing body, accused Suarez of "cheating" to win penalties against Stoke last week and described diving as a "cancer" in the game.

The Uruguayan Football Association wrote to FIFA demanding Boyce be referred to its Ethics Committee, so enraged were they by the Northern Irishman's comments, and Suarez himself was quick to hit back.

In an interview on Argentinian radio, the Uruguay international said: "This guy (Boyce), I've no idea who he is.

"I don't know why he has been talking about me. He certainly can't be well-known and he wants to get publicity.

"Let him carry on talking. My job is to play football and to try to do so in the best way possible.

"I am not interested in what he has to say. It's been important to have the support of the Uruguayan FA and the people."

Suarez insists he is not letting such publicity get to him.

"What he has said does not affect me. I am not interested in what he has to say," he said.

"I have lived through a lot in the past year with people saying things about me.

"But I have continued playing and proving my job is what happens on the pitch.

"It's been important to have the support of the Uruguayan FA and the people."