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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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