Writer: Gavin John Day
Date:Thursday January 17 2013
Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed his anger at striker Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan admitted to diving in an attempt to win a penalty...
A recent admittance by Luis Suarez that he dived in an attempt to win a penalty during the 0-0 draw against Stoke City back in October has provoked an angry response from Kop boss Brendan Rodgers.
The former Swansea City chief described Suarez's actions as "unacceptable" and indicated he will take action against the club's leading scorer.
Suarez made his admission to Fox Sports earlier this week, saying: "Football is like that. Sometimes you do things on the field that later you think 'why the hell did I do that?'
"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.
"But after that everybody jumped out to talk - the Stoke coach, and the Everton coach... I understood that the name Suarez sells (papers)."
No spot kick was awarded but it did not stop Stoke manager Tony Pulis from labelling the 25-year-old "an embarrassment" immediately after the final whistle.
Suarez's actions were also described as "nothing less than cheating" by Jim Boyce, Britain's representative within Fifa, who added that simulation was a "cancer" in the game.
The incident is just one of a number of controversial moments which have blighted Suarez's career in English football. Most notably the striker served an eight-match ban last January for the alleged use of racist language against Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.
The ex-Ajax man also hit the headlines earlier this month when using his arm to score a crucial goal in the 2-1 FA Cup win over Mansfield Town.
Despite being one of a number of people to back Suarez's actions at Field Mill, Rodgers was visibly annoyed by the latest controversy.
"I think it's wrong. It's unacceptable. I've spoken to Luis and it will be dealt with internally," said Rodgers at his pre-match press conference for Saturday's match against Norwich City.
"Diving is not something we advocate. Our ethics are correct.
"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."
Another unfortunate piece of poor public relations involving Liverpool FC and once again Suarez is at the centre of it. After his diving revelation it was not surprising to hear Rodgers come out and criticise the club's star player. In truth he could say little else because failure to do so would have been seen as advocating cheating. Although many managers are happy to win by any means possible in private they will never risk admitting it in public. Personally we accepted a long-time ago that Suarez comes with a ton of baggage but for the time being it is a price we will begrudgingly continue to pay because, besides Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, he is possibly the best player in the world right now.
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Date:Thursday January 17 2013
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