Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has rebuked his striker Luis Suarez for his recent comments publicly where the Uruguayan admitted that he deliberately dived during a match against Stoke City at Anfield this season.
In an interview with Fox Sports network in Argentina, Suarez confessed that during the goal-less draw against Stoke City in October, he dived intentionally in an attempt to win a penalty.
The comment has not been well greeted by Liverpool manager who made it clear today that the club doesn’t endorse a heinous act like diving and the will take actions against the player internally though Rodgers refused to comment on the nature of punishement elaborately.
Rodgers was quoted in the press:
“I think it is wrong. It is unacceptable.
“I have spoken to Luis and it will be dealt with internally. [Diving] is not something we advocate. Our ethics are correct.”
It seems like Liverpool have understood that no player can be bigger than the club and Rodgers too have felt the need to verbally admonish the player over the latest embarrassment caused due to his candid confession. He added:
“No one is bigger than the club. I have spoken with Luis and we move on.
“He knows how I feel. He totally understands where I am coming from as the manager. He accepts that.”
Luis Suarez, despite his heroics on the pitch, has accrued the reputation of a pantomime villain of English football. He has been marked for his perceived theatrics and has received harsh criticisms from other managers as well.
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has labelled Suarez’s simulation in that goal less draw as an embarrassment. Everton manager David Moyes has also criticized the striker while Jim Boyce, Britain’s representative to FIFA, accused the Uruguay international for cheating describing simulation as dangerous a disease like cancer.
Luis Suarez has been in the news again when he scored the winner against Mansfield Town in the FA Cup third round where the ball had hit his hand before rolling on to the net. While he celebrated the goal by kissing his wrist (which he normally does), debate sparked in the media about whether that act of handling the ball was accidental or deliberate.