Liverpool boss Rodgers: ‘Vilification’ of Suárez is wrong and unfair

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers leaps to the defence of striker Luis Suárez following diving allegations after Stoke game

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Luis Suárez has been criticised for going to ground too easily Photo: Luis Suárez / Facebook

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Brendan Rodgers has leapt to the defence of Luis Suárez after the Liverpool striker was accused of diving during the Reds’ goalless draw with Stoke City.

Suárez went down theatrically in the penalty area during Sunday’s clash at Anfield, with Stoke boss Tony Pulis calling for retrospective three-game bans for players who dive after the game.

But Rodgers has reacted to the “incredible” coverage the incident has received, and questioned why more attention has not been given Robert Huth’s apparent stamp on the striker early on in the game.

“As manager of this football club I find it incredible that in nearly all the coverage about Luis Suárez this weekend, very little focus has been placed on the fact that he was actually the victim of a stamping incident within the first five minutes of the game,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.

“At this moment there seems to be one set of rules for Luis and another set for everyone else.

“Diving and simulation is obviously a wider issue in football and one that we all agree has to be eradicated from our game but there were other incidents this weekend that didn’t seem to generate the same coverage.

“No-one should be distracted by the real issue here, both at Anfield and at another game played on Sunday, when Luis and another player were hurt in off-the-ball incidents that went unpunished but were caught on TV cameras.

“I believe some people need to develop a sense of perspective and I also believe in this moment the vilification of Luis is both wrong and unfair.

“I will continue to protect the values, spirit and people of this great club and game while searching for a consistent level of results in order to make progress on the field.”

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