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Jan 18, 2013

Pulis calls for 'cheating' crackdown

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has called for the Football Association to crackdown on diving in the wake of Luis Suarez's revelations that he 'invented a foul' during a Premier League game against the Potters last year.

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Pulis was vocal in his disdain of Suarez's penalty appeal during the 0-0 draw in October, calling for the FA to ban the Uruguayan and labelling him an 'embarassment.

After Suarez admitted in a television interview with Fox Sports Argentina that he deliberately fell to the ground, Pulis has once again urged a review system to be implemented for simulation.

"They should look at it on a Monday after the games have been played at the weekend, and people who have been caught simulating should be punished," Pulis said. "I think if you do that - if you give them three, four or five games or whatever - then it will take it out of the game.

"With simulation, I think if a player is found blatantly diving to gain an advantage, whether it is a penalty or conning a referee into giving a decision, they should be dealt with very severely. What you would find is that it would soon stop, and that is what we all want, because it is, on a lot of occasions, cheating."

Pulis also commented on the penalty awarded to Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez last weekend which gave the Saints a 1-0 win over Aston Villa.

Rodriguez went down in the box, but replays suggest there was no contact and the Stoke manager believes it was a decision that proves the need for greater sanctions.

"In my opinion, the Southampton lad dives and gets a penalty," he said. "(Villa manager) Paul Lambert took a hell of a lot of stick from the supporters for losing that game of football, and he has not lost it, I personally think, in an honest way.

"The system isn't right - that shouldn't be allowed. That player should be brought to task and punished for cheating, because that is what he did."

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