Leapy Lu’s giving all strikers a bad name
MICHAEL KIGHTLY has accused Luis Suarez of crying wolf as the diving dispute surrounding the Liverpool ace rumbles on.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis called for Suarez to be banned after his theatrical attempt to win a penalty in Sunday’s stalemate at Anfield.
The Uruguayan went down despite no major contact with Potters defender Marc Wilson in an incident Pulis branded an “embarrassment”.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers responded by insisting his man was the victim of a witch-hunt.
But Stoke winger Kightly reckons Suarez’s simulation is giving forwards a bad name and insists diving has to be stamped out of the game.
He said: “When you get a little touch and he is screaming like he has broken his leg, you do think, ‘Is he hurt?’
“But nine times out of 10, he’s not. It is something we are trying to get out of the game.
“Glen Johnson, on the other hand, got a good whack and he got up straight away.
“Referees have to try to stamp down on it.
“There is a difference between winning a penalty and just diving.
“Sometimes players know a tackle is coming, ride it and go down.
“That’s good play – winning a penalty.
“But when you just dive with no touch at all, that’s not good for the game.”
Pulis has been on a crusade against diving having last month called for Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic to be hit with a three-game ban after accusing him of simulation.
But former Kop idol John Aldridge has labelled the Britannia boss a hypocrite.
He blasted Pulis for failing to mention Stoke defender Robert Huth’s stamp on Suarez during Sunday’s match.
And Aldo – a title winner with Liverpool in 1988 – pointed out Pulis praised his striker Peter Crouch for cheating before netting against Man City on 15 September.
He said: “Listening to Pulis trying to take the moral high ground on a day when Huth had just got away with stamping on Suarez’s chest was unbelievable.
“Huth was very lucky to get away with it and even luckier he won’t face any retrospective punishment.
“This is the same Stoke manager who only a few weeks ago was praising Crouch for getting away with a blatant handball before scoring against City.
“It’s ridiculous how managers are so quick to criticise when something happens against them, but then condone similar behaviour when it’s their own players in the spotlight.
“Don’t get me wrong, what Suarez did on Sunday when he threw himself to the ground was wrong.
“I hate seeing diving and something needs to be done about it.
“Suarez was cheating to gain an advantage in the same way as Crouch did recently.”