30 Nov '17, 11am

Malaysia defends tourism role for 'biting' footballer Suarez

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia on Thursday (Nov 30) 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 his rivals. Government agency Tourism Malaysia inked the one-year deal in early November, hoping that using the Uruguayan in its marketing campaigns would attract more visitors to the tropical country. While the striker is recognised as one of 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 Parti Keadilan Rakyat on Thursday asked Tourism Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz in ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-defends...

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