LIVERPOOL (Sporting Alert) – Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has blasted Luis Suarez after the forward admitted to diving to try and win a penalty during a Premier League match at Stoke earlier this season.
Suarez, in an interview with Fox Sports Argentina, reveals that he tried to win a penalty kick in the goalless draw with Stoke at Anfield on October 7.
The referee didn’t award a spot-kick.
“I don’t listen to 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,” he said.
“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.”
He added: “Football is like that. Sometimes you do things on the field that later you think ‘why did I do that?’
Rodgers, who has constantly defended the Uruguay international, has now described his diving actions as “unacceptable” and added that Liverpool would look to discipline the player.
“I think it is wrong. It is unacceptable. I have spoken to Luis and it will be dealt with internally,” the Liverpool manager said.
“[Diving] is not something we advocate. Our ethics are correct.”
Stoke manager Tony Pulis was not happy with Suarez’s action, especially after the player failed to even get a booking.