Luis Suarez should have been booked for diving claims Mourinho
Liverpool suffered back-to-back defeats after going 2-1 down at Stamford Bridge, with the Reds once again relinquishing an early lead against one of their main title contenders.
December 29th, 2013
However, Brendan Rodgers can once again feel aggrieved that his side weren’t awarded a penalty after Samuel Eto’o appeared to body check Luis Suarez in the penalty area, with the Uruguayan appealing in vain for a spot kick.
Referee Howard Webb saw nothing wrong with the challenge and it was a view shared by Jose Mourinho who felt that Suarez should have had a yellow card for a tumble in the box, even if Eto’o was taking a chance by standing in the way of his opponent.
“I think there is another big case for a penalty on Hazard,” he said. “Something is happening, week after week, I don’t know why referees don’t see it. He’s a fair boy and I don’t know why this is happening.
“On the other situation with Suarez I would resolve this differently with a yellow card for Luis Suarez. I keep saying I hate players trying to provoke situations. Luis is an amazing player and I have lots of respect for his quality and his attitude of trying to win every game but sometimes he tries too much.
“Eto’o just put his body in front of him. It looks like somebody shot him.”
“He does everything to win and Brendan (Rodgers, the Liverpool manager) is doing a fantastic job on him because he’s changed. There’s no doubt that he’s changed.
“But when the situation is like this and you are losing comes the nature of the player, the wild nature of the player or the cultural nature of the player.
“Culturally people from that area (South America), they like it. It’s not also that area. There’s a corner in Europe where I belong to, that they also like (diving).”