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Oct, 9, 2012

Kightly frustrated with Suarez antics

Michael Kightly feels Luis Suarez is giving Premier League forwards a bad name with his diving antics.

• Blog: A well deserved point
• Huth let off by FA

Stoke winger Kightly and the rest of his team-mates were left angry with Suarez's theatrics during the 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

Suarez appeared guilty of a second-half dive which went unpunished by referee Lee Mason, despite the angry reaction from Stoke manager Tony Pulis.

The Uruguayan has been forcefully defended by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, but Kightly has joined forces with his manager and condemned Suarez's play-acting for putting enormous pressure on referees and creating a bad impression for all attacking players.

"When you get a little touch and he is screaming like he has broken his leg, you do think, 'Is he hurt?' But nine times out of 10, he's not," said Kightly.

"It is something we are trying to get out of the game. Glen Johnson, on the other hand, got a good whack and got up straight away. Referees have to try to stamp down on it.

"There is a difference between winning a penalty and just diving. Sometimes players know a tackle is coming in and ride it and go down. That's good play, winning a penalty, but sometimes, when you just dive with no touch at all, that's not good for the game."

Suarez was also involved in another controversial incident in the game, when Robert Huth appeared to stamp on the striker's chest, but the German defender was cleared of any offence by the FA.

Huth is relieved to have escaped a ban and used his Twitter account to insist the FA made the correct decision over what he insisted was a complete accident.

He tweeted: "Not intentional - I made sure not to stamp. He was caught under me. But a good tussle with him. He's tougher than he lets on."

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