"Luis Suarez, you know what you are", chant the fans of Man City, Man United, Norwich, Stoke City...
Liverpool are in the news for another controversial clash at Anfield after another match at Anfield. Now, let's get some things straight...
First of all, Luis Suarez's charismatic wizardry is a delight to watch. He follows in the footsteps of legendary Reds' number 7s. Second, the Uruguayan is an electric player in more ways than one. Defenders cause a fiery explosion of rational anger from the easily antagonised man, in putting out his magnificent attacking spark. He is something else, in all sense of the phrase.
He has also been accused of a being a penchant diver, highly slated for cheating teams in the process of duping an official with all sorts of appeals. Suarez's petty attempts to moan, scream and fiegn injury cover up all of his ingenious twisting and turning to bamboozle defenders. While there is a case that the robust dealing of Suarez through every possible matter of defending is sometimes unfair on the Liverpool striker, does he really need to dive?
It's fans who are partly to blame for "Suarez's public enemy no.1" image. Whether diving is taken too seriously in the eyes of supporters is up for debate, as it is a creature comfort of a fan to blame diving for their team's mishaps. Somehow, it can not be accepted for a player of such world class talent to defeat their favoured club impartiallly. Rather than praise Suarez's illustrious talents, they create a hash image of him being a "diver". However, he has earnt his own reputable standards, through his own fault, so obviously refs are inclined to treat him differently to other players.
Moreover, no referee wants to be conned, and it's a far easier path to turn away a penalty than to award one, so referees reasonably feel that it's better to be safe than sorry. Thus, one would like to think that they use everything in their power and all of their knowledge in order to make a conscious decision.
Unsighted referees narrow down the possible outcomes to call a decision, as anyone would go down the route of process of elimination so be it if its prejudice on Luis Suarez, and against what a referee stands for; against fair play.
For every three calls that should rightly be given to Suarez, there is one where Suarez conjours up a screaming, theatrical effort to fool the referee in less-than-honest fashion, as proclaimed on Sunday. Stoke versus Liverpool at Anfield was a prime example of xenophobia administered by referee, Lee Mason.
Suárez was certainly on the receiving end of some rough treatment from the Stoke side. Robert Huth was booked in the first half for preventing the South American a clear run on goal, although he was at it again. The laments about the Uruguayan not getting penalties sound hollow when you see less-than-sporting incidents such as this:
On the 74th minute against Stoke, Suarez fell down in the box and it looked like a blatant dive. There may have been contact beforehand, but the unnecessary antics did nothing for his reputation. Replays back up that there was slight contact with Wilson- not enough to equal a penalty- but the dramatic fall to his knees a second after momentarily losing his balance was disgraceful.
Suarez's history goes before him on occasion. Given his already tarnished reputation, following the embargo surrounding racial abuse towards Patrice Evra, plus his documented cons causing a stir, the long and short of it is that Suarez does not at all help his cause, or else these decisions could have been awarded in Liverpool's favour:
On the 64th minute, Suarez rounded someone but Whitehead is there to put in a solid sliding tackle from behind. Studs were up and Suarez was furious, but he got the ball.
Five minutes into the match, Suarez was livid about something and replays showed exactly what. Robert Huth stamped on him as he ran over to get the ball following an aerial challenge. Huth is definitely lucky to come out without a charge from the FA at his door, as his malicious stamp has chosen to not be investigated, due in part to Suarez overreacting yet again.
A minute before half time, Begovic was out quickly to smother the ball as Suarez looked to capitalise on poor control from Whitehead. The keeper was livid, claiming Suarez kicked out at him after he claimed it, but he only had intentions of going for the ball.
Strong words from Tony Pulis called for an end to diving. Livid claims were directed at none other than Luis Suarez after the stalemate draw that Divers should be punished as much as violent conduct offenders, that suspended Stoke player Andy Wilkinson for three games.
Pulis told reporters he had “mentioned his views on this before”. He was referring to his comments earlier this season when he suggested there should be three match bans for players shown to be trying to hoodwink officials.
Speaking on September 27, Pulis said: “They [the FA] are really quick to pull people up on incidents that they think are bookable or sending-off incidents, and I think they should pull people up for diving and give them a three-game ban straight away.”
Contextually, this view seems absurd to denote physical violence as equal to mere foolery, summing up Tony Pulis as a manager. The same man coaches an industriously organised unit, called a "rugby team" by Arsene Wenger due to their defensive brutality on the pitch, whose players can be considered to be more likely to assault than to commit the cardinal sin of diving. You get the impression that Pulis maybe represents the stance and best interest of his team's progress, mainly.
"Retrospective decisions are made on a Monday and Luis Suárez should be punished. The one in the penalty box was an embarrassment and how he wasn’t booked I don’t know,” said Pulis.
The Stoke manager used two different incidents involving Liverpool players to advance his point.
“Suárez falling over in the box was really, really disappointing and that should be highlighted,” said Pulis.
A desperate pursuit of a goal had imminently faltered, why frustration seeped into Suarez's play late on in the game.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard shares his frustration. "I think even when Luis does get blatant penalties now he doesn't get them," Gerrard said after Liverpool's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.
Suarez rather turned back to his infamous conduct as his last resort. A player who plays not always through team glory but personal success. He chases the ball relentlessly for himself and chooses time and time again not to pass it on. Instead, go on another charging,leggy run alone, and becomes a victim of his own downfall. In many ways, Liverpool are a one man show, as Suarez has taken centre stage in all of seven games this season, but not for all of the right reasons.
"Human error", which FIFA dub to be forever at the forefront of the game's officiating, drives on the outrage. Honesty, though, evidently is the best policy and could prove dividends in the form of refereeing calls in the remainder of the campaign, crucial to normal service being resumed for Suarez. Brendan Rodgers needs to drape his arm around Suarez's shoulder and give him advice for in the long haul: "stop doing what could cost us". If not, this article could be valid as a cut and paste job in the foreseeable future. Why? It's not working for Suarez at present.