Div­ing ban cru­sader Pulis is just a chav

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY OCTOBER 11 -

lucky to be on the pitch at An­field and that his side clocked up six book­ings, trig­ger­ing an FA fine of £25,000.

If Pulis is se­ri­ous about clean­ing up the sport, he’d be a lot more be­liev­able if he fined, banned or even crit­i­cised his own play­ers for their in­dis­cre­tions.

That seems as likely as him re­al­is­ing he looks a prize tit in that cap.

But then no man­ager speaks out against his own team – and that’s why we should take all this ker­fuf­fle with a huge pinch of salt.

Bren­dan Rodgers reck­ons he didn’t see the Suarez in­ci­dent at An­field – a claim Arsene Wenger would be proud of.

That con­ve­niently gets the Kop boss out of that awk­ward mo­ment when you need to call out your own player for cheat­ing. Pulis knew on Sun­day there’s no way on earth that the FA would is­sue a three­match ban to Suarez. It’s not in the rules.

The ref­eree, Lee Ma­son, saw the in­ci­dent and gave noth­ing – no penalty, no yel­low card for sim­u­la­tion. And that, like it or not, is the end of the mat­ter.

But Suarez’s ac­ro­bat­ics pro­vided a golden op­por­tu­nity for Pulis to steer the me­dia away from Huth’s thug­gery – and he grabbed the wheel with both hands.

If Pulis is se­ri­ous about his idea of ban­ning divers, per­haps he’d care to ex­plain ex­actly how it would work.

Pre­sum­ably, a panel would de­cide. So who would be on it? What would con­sti­tute a dive? No contact? Some contact? It would be a mine­field.

And why just div­ing? What pro­tec­tion does that of­fer the flair play­ers in the league? If there’s to be ret­ro­spec­tive ban­ning for div­ing, there should be ret­ro­spec­tive ban­ning for pulling shirts, flail­ing el­bows and all the dark arts of de­fend­ing, too, shouldn’t there?

Pulis hasn’t thought this through. He’s just de­flect­ing at­ten­tion from the fact that his own player com­mit­ted a sin just as em­bar­rass­ing – and more dan­ger­ous – than Suarez’s sky-dive.

Frankly, that’s al­most as offensive as his fash­ion choices. AP­PAR­ENTLY the FA’s new St Ge­orge’s com­plex has a room named af­ter Phil Neville. I thought the idea was to in­spire a fu­ture gen­er­a­tion?

FALL GUY: Suarez

HANDY MAN: Crouch

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