Is it really Luis Suarez's fault if the officials cannot spot a blatant tumble when it happens? Would anybody have done different in Suarez's position
“It was wrong to say what he said,’ he said. “It was not acceptable. This club has always kept its matters in house and that’s what we will do. But diving is not something we advocate here.”
Here are the Suarez comments in question:
“I don't listen all the nonsense some people say about me. I'm accused of cheating here. People say I throw myself all the time inside the box. Let's see: they said that when we played against Stoke, for instance, and in that case they were right. I invented a foul because we were drawing against Stoke and I wanted to win.”
Invented a foul? Didn’t he do that again his evening?
Obviously I am not expecting a lot of positive responses from Liverpool fans to this point - but there was no way Suarez went down naturally under the ‘contact’ of Brad Guzan at Anfield.
With the score at 2-1 he saw an opportunity to earn Liverpool a chance of winning them the game - and he took it.
But here is the twist, so what?
Call Suarez a cheat all you want but at the end of the day it is down to the referee to spot those decisions.
It was clear by the theatrical way he soared through the air that Guzan had barely touched him, that it was not a penalty and the referee should have been canny enough to spot it.
The ‘we don’t want diving in our game’ is a noble but futile fight. With increased globalisation and the influence of foreign players on English football the domestic players and those from abroad are always likely to take a tumble given the chance Suarez got this afternoon.
As much as we don’t like it, diving is here to stay - as is Suarez.
The trick is the referee’s getting it right when players go down too easily.