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Suarez in new diving storm

2012-10-08 10:05

Liverpool - Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was involved in a fresh diving storm after Stoke manager Tony Pulis slammed his antics in Sunday's 0-0 draw at Anfield.

Pulis was furious that Uruguay international Suarez appeared to dive when he was challenged by Stoke defender Marc Wilson in an unsuccessful attempt to win a second-half penalty.

Suarez has been accused of diving on several previous occasions, while Pulis has called on the Football Association to ban players guilty of simulation in the past, so the incident inevitably drew a stinging response from the Stoke coach, who called for the Reds star to be hit with a three-match ban.

"You have got Suarez falling over in the box second half, which was really, really disappointing," Pulis said.

"I think that should be highlighted, as I have said before. I've been on about and banging the drum about people who fall over and in one incident in the second half, it's an embarrassment.

"The FA should be looking at this. Give him three games (of suspension) and he will stop falling over."

Pulis contrasted Suarez's dive with Glen Johnson's reaction to a strong Stoke challenge earlier in the game.

"There was a challenge in the first half in front of us; Jon Walters and Glen Johnson both went up for a header, it was a proper old-fashioned challenge," Pulis added.

"Glen Johnson did absolutely fantastic, just bounced back up and got on with the game. It was a proper, proper challenge.

"I went over to him and said 'Well done, brilliant' - not only did he play exceptionally well, but his behaviour was fabulous."

However, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insisted Suarez was suffering for an unfair reputation given to him by rival managers and the media.

"I haven't seen the incident so I can't really comment on it but whatever Luis does, there will always be a problem, whether it's media, referees or whatever," Rodgers said.

"It gets brought up every week, it's something that is not new. I thought he was terrific today."

AFP

Comments
  • gert.malan.54 - 2012-10-08 10:52

    This retard did the same against Bafana at the 2010 WC. As a result our goal keeper was sent off, but replays showed that he seemed to fall over his own feet and then blamed our goalie.

  • frost.frost.980 - 2012-10-08 10:54

    He's the biggest cheap in the EPL if not the world!

  • sunith.varkey - 2012-10-08 10:57

    Suarez is scum of the earth. Any other team would have disciplined him, but Liverpool are desperate and need someone to score them the occasional goal so won't discipline him.

  • aadil.esack - 2012-10-08 12:19

    Prior to this game, Suarez has been denied not one, not two, but FOUR clear stonewall penalties so far this season, and it's only started ! Now I'm not condoning his dive yesterday, it was blatant & disgusting, but just last week the boss was complaining about this - after this dive, just when you thought that maybe you were getting through to the ref's, he did that, which was extremely silly He is arguably the most technically gifted player in league, and yes, he will get tackled hard, but needs to keep doing what he has been doing recently, i.e. playing fairly & scoring goals. If the decisions don't go his way, so be it, rather let the blame lay with the ref than yourself However, i do find it funny NOTHING is mentioned about Huth staming on Suarez's chest in the 1st half ? Talk about double standard's

      leedsunitedfc - 2012-10-08 20:51

      Aadil there is no point in trying to voice reason on a south african sports site. There isnt enough understanding to see through the delusion of the "ghana" fans from the world cup haha.

      aadil.esack - 2012-10-09 09:08

      agreed mate, it just grates my b@ll$ that people can be THAT ignorant !

  • andre.ernstzen - 2012-10-08 14:22

    And that's one of the reasons I don't watch soccer. Soccer players have no integrity.

  • Jacques - 2012-10-08 18:05

    This will stop if the reffereeing improves. At the moment there's no standard, so people will try their luck. Banning him would just add another layer of double-standards on the issue- who then decides who gets banned when and for how long? Disgusting dive, but that'll be treating the symptom and not the problem

  • leedsunitedfc - 2012-10-08 20:50

    Why is a media storm going on over suarez diving? Welbeck got given a penalty vs wigan for falling to the ground. Nani dives every second week. Ivanovic dropped for chelsea last weekend?

      aadil.esack - 2012-10-09 09:10

      spot on - what about Bale ? "Serial" diver, but nothing ever get's printed - WHY ? British ? Just like the ref's, huge double standard's. Drog's & Ronaldo were doing this year's ago - doesn't make it "right", but when it's Luis, then everything is a big deal !

      dave.e.richman - 2012-10-09 17:57

      Erm..... adil... "Nothing ever gets printed"???? Do you only read this site, or do you read any of the hundreds of others where the diving of Messrs Bale, Young, Wellbeck etc (all British by the way) are being discussed at great length, and loads of suggestions are being proposed to try and combat it? And, for the record, Suarez is the worst of the whole lot..... without question. Anyone who has seen the 'double-dive' against Stoke, and STILL stands up for, or tries to make excuses for this blight on the game of Association Football is in serious need of some brain enhancement.

      aadil.esack - 2012-10-10 09:22

      and where did i condone it ? Read properly before making poor comments

  • jason.marriott.75 - 2012-10-09 20:32

    As Gary Bailey would say if its a non United penalty "Ref must be 100% sure its a penalty, before giving it" when its a United penalty "The ref has to go what he see's, its a grey area"... The man makes me laugh

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-10-09 21:25

    A diver, yes. However other teams have capitalised on this since the refs afford him little protection. He should cut the diving and appealing and get on with the game. Take a que from the late George Best, the man was kicked but got on with the game, that was one of the traits which made him a great player. Yes Suarez can really turn a player around, he has done this time and again, ask Ferdinand.

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