Sunday, 11 March 2012

Suárez's Diving Angers Wenger


Since moving to England, Luis Suárez hasn't exactly been a favourite amongst those outside of Liverpool. His antics have caused endless controversy, and apart from the racial abuse incident revolving around the Uraguyan which occurred last year, no action has been more vile than his continuous theatrics to win free-kicks and penalties.

My position against diving and on field theatrics despite the irrelevancy of a tackle has always been very strong, with a distinct dislike for Spain's El Clasico because of this kind of frustratingly immature and deceiving behaviour.

Indeed, Luis Suárez must watch El Clasico in a different light to me, and instead aspire to dive as convincingly, writhe quite so persuasively and peek through his fingers at the referee quite so subtly as the Barcelona and Real Madrid experts.

Last weekend, in Liverpool's loss to an resurgent Arsenal side, Suárez went down in the area and won a penalty for his side.

The contact on his shin-pad was so minimal Sky cameras had to zoom in several times on his leg to catch even the slightest glimpse of a vibration on Suárez's calf from the contact which was most certainly not enough to make him fall to the ground as if he had been hit by a bullet and in my opinion and the opinion of Arsenal's manager, not a penalty. Arsene Wenger said:
"Suárez got the penalty last weekend … it was no penalty. Nobody touched him. Where they go overboard is that nobody touched him.
"I can understand if they push the ball too far but when no one touches him … Then, when they roll down the sock, take the shin pad out like he has been kicked like mad. It's a bit overboard."
"Everyone who has played football can understand they try to win the penalty but when he goes completely, afterwards, to get a bit more … we don't need that."
Wenger's frustration is understandable, and it is about time this was spoken so openly about, as it really must have no place in football. It is exasperating to see, and is quite clearly cheating to gain an advantage. Suarez  of course is not the only player in the League to commit such an offence, but he is a prominent repeat offender and must learn to stop or be punished.

The Arsenal managers comments will hopefully help to put a stop to such obvious and premeditated attempts at gaining an unfair advantage through diving and making the most out of a fair or non-existent challenge.

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