Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has insisted that “I have a very clear conscience” in response to his Copa del Rey ban.
The Uruguayan moved top of La Liga’s goalscoring charts on Sunday as his hat-trick in La Blaugrana’s 6-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao took his tally to 18, having also attracted Gorka Iraizoz’s early red card.
However, he will not be able to continue his hot streak when the two teams’ rematch on Wednesday due to his alleged provocations after the Copa last-16 second leg against Espanyol, an accusation he flatly denies.
“I try to do my best, but there are many players ahead of me in world football,” he said after the game.
“I play with instinct and ambition and that led me [to Barca].
“They’re two of my strengths, and in my move with the goalkeeper, I fought until the end so I could win the penalty.
“The League is difficult and complicated. The top three are at a good level and we can’t afford to drop any points.
“Regarding my Copa del Rey ban, I have a very clear conscience that I didn’t say anything.”