Ex-Liverpool midfielder: Suarez should cut out play-acting

Dietmar Hamann said he thought there was contact between Suarez and Martin Demichelis.

Former Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann has said Luis Suarez should cut out the play-acting from his game – saying that referees have had enough of it.

Hamann told TalkSport that he will continue doing it unless he is sent off for it and that his reputation could affect the referee’s decisions.

The German said that he didn’t dive when he went down under the attentions of Martin Demichelis in the second half of yesterday’s encounter between Liverpool and Manchester City – which the Reds won 3-2.

Hamann said: “There is contact [between Suarez and Demichelis] but his antics don’t do him any favours. If Mark Clattenburg doesn’t judge it to be a foul then he should have sent him off.

“I don’t want to accuse him of diving, because there has been contact, but there was some play-acting.

“That was the reason he didn’t get the penalty later on. That was blatant. Kompany had his hands on his chest.”

A lot has been said about Suarez’s antics ever since the Uruguayan arrived at Anfield, that he throws himself to the ground a lot and can sometimes feign injury.

Some will put that down to his desire to win and do anything he can to gain his side an advantage – though that same desire can sometimes work against him as there are occasions when he doesn’t play to the whistle, and can be busy appealing for a decision whilst the game is still going on.

However, the positives of having Suarez in the side outweigh the negatives given his record for the Reds, especially during this campaign where he has notched up 29 goals, and 21 assists.

Hamann makes an interesting point about the officials taking Suarez’s reputation into account. It may be hard for them to look beyond the reputation the Uruguayan has but the referees need to look at the incident and just give what they see.

Yesterday, Clattenburg looked uncertain therefore didn’t give a foul against Demichelis, nor did he give Suarez a second yellow card for diving.

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