Suarez admits diving; Rogers Red-faced
As Luis Suarez apparently gears up his self-promotion campaign, his manager has been left Red-faced for previously defending the Liverpool man’s seemingly unfair play.
January 17th, 2013
In an interview with an Argentinian sports channel yesterday, the striker admitted that he had previously purposely hit the turf in an attempt to win a penalty kick during Liverpool’s goalless home draw with Stoke in October.
The dour 0-0 match was notable for the harsh treatment received by Suarez from Hatters players during the match, but at one point after turning his way through the Stoke defence and possibly genuinely losing his own footing, Suarez enacted inside the area what appeared to be an American wrestling-style splash onto the ground.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis called for Suarez’ head after the match – or at the very least, a three-game ban for divers – but Suarez yesterday admitted to Fox Sports Argentina that he had, indeed, been liberal with his reactions.
“I was accused of falling inside the box in a match, and it’s true I did it that time, because we were drawing against Stoke at home and we needed anything to win it,” he told the reporter. “But after that everybody jumped out to talk…but the name Suarez sells [newspapers].”
Following the original criticism, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers stepped to his striker’s defence, saying that the fresh wave of complaints was “both wrong and unfair”, condemning the press’ eagerness to take part in “the vilification” of his top scorer.
Now that the truth is out, however – and following another defence of Suarez in which Rodgers claimed that it did not behove Suarez to report his handball against Mansfield to officials – the gaffer isn’t too pleased
“I think it’s wrong. It’s unacceptable. I’ve spoken to Luis and it will be dealt with internally,” Rodgers said.
“Diving is not something we advocate…He has been totally understanding on where I am coming from as manager of the club. What was said was wrong, he takes that and we move on.”
What was said, Brendan, or what was done? Should Suarez regret the dive, or merely admitting it in public?