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Rodgers Anger at Suarez 'Diving'

18 Jan 2013

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Lius Suarez is in trouble for admitting diving


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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Luis Suarez's admission of diving is "unacceptable" and he will be dealt with "internally" by the club.

The 25-year-old striker admitted "falling" to win a penalty when Liverpool faced Stoke in October in an interview with Fox Sports Argentina, reports the BBC.

Rodgers revealed the club would take action against the Uruguayan.

"I think it's wrong. It's unacceptable. I've spoken to Luis and it will be dealt with internally," he said.

"Diving is not something we advocate. Our ethics are correct.

"He has been totally understanding on where I am coming from as manager of the club," Rodgers continued.

"This is a big club and, whatever people do say goes around the world, and what was said was wrong and not acceptable. There is no-one bigger than the club or the club's image."

He added diving was "not something we associate with as a club of this standing".

Suarez's admission was in relation to Liverpool's goalless draw with Stoke and he was criticised by Potters manager Tony Pulis after the game.

FIFA Vice-President Jim Boyce also got involved, saying diving was a cancer that was ruining the sport.

Before Suarez's admission, Rodgers had previously defended the striker over the matter, saying "vilification of Luis is both wrong and unfair".

But on Wednesday, Suarez said: "I was accused of falling inside the box in a match, and it's true I did it that time, because we were drawing against Stoke at home and we needed anything to win it.

"But after that everybody jumped out to talk - the Stoke coach and the Everton coach [David Moyes] - but the name Suarez sells [papers]."

Rodgers is hoping the admission will not effect officials' opinions of Liverpool and hinder their chances of getting future penalties.

The Liverpool boss said: "My main concern is the team. As long as it doesn't affect our chances - we've only had one penalty this year anyway - but as long as it doesn't damage our prospects in the future that is the most important issue.

"Anything that is detrimental towards that is something I don't take too lightly and, if that is something I think affects it, that [his chat with Suarez] was a clear message."

Suarez also revealed he felt he was treated harshly following his handball in Liverpool's 2-1 win over Mansfield earlier this month.

The striker handled the ball before scoring what turned out to be the crucial goal in the FA Cup third-round tie.

"The other day a ball hit my hand with no intention at all, and everybody criticised me because I kissed my wrist. Suarez sells," he added.

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