Leapy Lu’s giv­ing all strik­ers a bad name

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY OCTOBER 11 - By BREN­DAN MCLOUGH­LIN

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.”

Cheat­ing

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.”

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