08/10/2012 09:50 BST | Updated 09/10/2012 08:10 BST

Luis Suárez Dives, But Is Tony Pulis' Three-Match Ban Preaching Hypocritical?

Liverpool's profligacy at Anfield was subordinated on Sunday by Luis Suárez's embarrassing dive at the Kop which compelled Stoke City boss Tony Pulis to demand he be banned for three matches.

Pulis has emerged as the preacher-in-chief against diving and he was frank in his assessment of Suárez's collapse in the second half.

"I've been on about and banging the drum about people who fall over," Pulis told the BBC. "It's an embarrassment. The FA should be looking at this."

However the Uruguayan's Buckaroo-like tumble to the floor came after he was stamped on by Robert Huth in the first 45 minutes.

Should the Football Association take retrospective action against the German, he will be charged with a three-match ban pending a successful appeal.

And this comes just weeks after Stoke's aggressive full-back Andy Wilkinson was suspended for three matches after he was found guilty of elbowing Mario Balotelli.


Renowned for their aggression since they were promoted to the Premier League in 2008, the Potters' fans have revelled in their loathed reputation, however it does risk undermining Pulis' demand that cheats be banned.