Tuesday 20 February 2018

Newcastle’s Dummett receives death threats over Luis Suarez World Cup doubts

Luis Suarez, pictured, underwent a minor knee operation but should be fit for the World Cup
Luis Suarez, pictured, underwent a minor knee operation but should be fit for the World Cup


Luis Suárez has vowed to be fit to play at the World Cup and told upset Uruguay fans who have aimed death threats at Newcastle defender Paul Dummett to stay calm.

Liverpool striker Suárez faces a race to be fit for the World Cup and to face England in Uruguay's second Group D game on June 19 after undergoing keyhole surgery on his left knee on Thursday.

Dummett has bizarrely been blamed by Uruguay supporters for initially causing Suárez’s injury, which was detected on Wednesday.

Shortly after the procedure - which was conducted by Luis Francescoli, brother of former Uruguay international Enzo - Suárez told Ovacion, the South American radio station: “Be calm, I am going to get there. Thanks for all your support. I am going to work really hard in the coming days to be at 100 per cent and help my team-mates.”

Suárez complained about the problem during his first day of training with the Uruguay squad, but the Uruguay FA claims he first suffered the injury in the final Premier League game of the season against Newcastle.

Dummett was sent off in the 82nd minute of Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat at Anfield for a challenge in which he caught Suárez on his left knee. The FA later rescinded the red card.

Dummett was not named by the Uruguay FA or Suárez as being culpable for the injury, Uruguay supporters took to Twitter to vent their anger.

Dummett received death threats and abuse from Uruguay fans to his personal Twitter account, but remained silent on the subject. The matter could be passed on to the authorities.

Some England and Newcastle fans stood up for Dummett and one supporter even tweeted that the 22-year-old should be given a knighthood.


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