Malaysia backing Luis Suarez to boost tourism

Updated: Dec 01, 2017, 12:34 IST | Agencies

yesterday defended striking a deal with Barcelona footballer Luis Suarez to help boost tourism after an opposition MP criticised the move to sign up a player notorious for biting rivals

yesterday defended striking a deal with Barcelona footballer Luis Suarez to help boost tourism after an opposition MP criticised the move to sign up a player notorious for biting rivals. Government agency, Tourism Malaysia inked the one-year deal in early November, hoping the Uruguayan would attract more visitors to the tropical country.

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez

While the striker is among the world’s best players, he has also been the subject of controversy for sinking his teeth into rivals. He was suspended from all football-related activity for four months after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the 2014 World Cup. He also faced bans in 2010 and 2013 for biting players. Lawmaker Hee Loy Sian from the opposition People's Justice Party questioned Tourism Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz in parliament on his decision to pick the controversial Uruguayan. Nazri replied: "If he is that bad, he would not have 25.3 million followers on Instagram - if he is bad, people won’t follow him."

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