Stoke manager Tony Pulis brands Luis Suarez dive 'an embarrassment' and calls for FA action
Tony Pulis, the Stoke City manager, has urged the Football Association to ban Luis Suárez for diving after accusing the Liverpool striker of trying to con his way to a penalty.
Suárez fell under the challenge of Stephen Nzonzi and Marc Wilson in the 75th minute of the 0-0 draw at Liverpool on Sunday.
Replays showed the Uruguayan had not been touched by the Stoke City defenders, dropping to his knees in an appeal to win the spot kick.
Referee Lee Mason took no action at the time, but Pulis made his irritation clear after the game.
“Retrospective decisions are made on a Monday and Luis Suárez should be punished. The one in the penalty box was an embarrassment and how he wasn’t booked I don’t know,” said Pulis.
The Stoke manager used two different incidents involving Liverpool players to advance his point.
“Suárez falling over in the box was really, really disappointing and that should be highlighted,” said Pulis.
“There was a challenge in the first half when Glen Johnson and Jonathan Walters both went up for a header, it was a real full-blooded challenge and I thought Glen did absolutely fantastic to bounce back up and get on with it. I went over to him and said 'well done’.”
Pulis told reporters he had “mentioned his views on this before”. He was referring to his comments earlier this season when he suggested there should be three match bans for players shown to be trying to hoodwink officials.
Speaking on September 27, Pulis said: “They [the FA] are really quick to pull people up on incidents that they think are bookable or sending-off incidents, and I think they should pull people up for diving and give them a three-game ban straight away.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers felt Suárez was more sinned against than sinning throughout the 90 minutes.
“I have not seen the incident so can’t really comment, but whatever Luis does it seems some will have a problem, whether it’s with the media or referees. I thought he was terrific,” said Rodgers.
Replays of the incident won’t help Suárez’s cause after a series of incidents in which he was denied valid penalties.
Against Sunderland, Manchester United and Norwich recently, strong claims were waved away. That prompted Rodgers to contact refereeing supremo Mike Riley to suggest his striker was being unfairly tarnished due to his problems last season.
Suárez was certainly on the receiving end of some rough treatment from the Stoke side, too. Robert Huth was booked in the first half for preventing the South American a clear run on goal.
Rodgers, however, while acknowledging the robust tactics of Stoke refused to criticise their approach. “It was a physical game, but there are no complaints from us,” said Rodgers. I thought we stood up to it well. At times I thought the referee did not quite see it that way and didn’t give some decisions he should have.
“But I don’t think Stoke were over physical. They’re a bunch of big men who make it very difficult for you. There’s no right or wrong way to play this game.” Liverpool’s draw means Rodgers is still searching for his first league win on home soil.
He said the poor Anfield record was a legacy he has inherited.”This is a club that’s won only two league games this calendar year and not won two consecutive home league games in almost a year.”
By Chris Bascombe Telegraph.co.uk