Diving ban crusader Pulis is just a chav
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