Swansea 1 Crystal Palace 1: Tony Pulis vows to eradicate diving ‘disease’
Swansea 1 Crystal Palace 1: Tony Pulis vows to eradicate diving from his Eagles side after a draw at Liberty Stadium
Tony Pulis vowed to eradicate the diving “disease” from his Crystal Palace side after the Eagles picked up a point against 10-man Swansea City.
The home side took the lead through Jonathan de Guzman in the 25th minute as the Netherlands international scored his second goal in as many games.
However, Palace hit back as substitute Glenn Murray converted a late penalty after Swansea defender Chico Flores was sent off for his foul on the Palace man.
After the 1-1 draw, Pulis was left fuming with his own player Jerome Thomas after the former Arsenal star was booked for diving, revealing the midfielder would be fined.
“He’ll be fined. Cham [Marouane Chamakh] has done one, too. It’s something I’m very strong on,” Pulis told BBC Sport.
“I’ve been in to see [referee] Mike [Dean] and JT waited for him to apologise at full-time. It’s a disease. I hope it’s a disease we’re almost rid of but if people do it, they’ve got to be reminded it’s not right.”
Murray spoke of his delight to end his wait for a Premier League goal after an injury-hit season.
“They got the better of the whole game but we pushed hard for a goal and could have had three points.
“I’ve been told that the foul was outside the box but in real time I was certain it was a penalty. It means the world to get back on the scoresheet, that’s my job and that is what I love.”