Kightly: Stamp down on divers
Stoke City winger Michael Kightly insists the actions of players
like Liverpool striker Luis Suarez are “not good for the game”.
The Uruguay international was heavily criticised by Potters boss
Tony Pulis, who called for divers to be handed a three-match ban,
after falling theatrically in Sunday’s goalless draw at
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers leapt to the defence of his
star forward on Monday, claiming the vilification of the
25-year-old was wrong and unfair.
But Kightly continued the attack on Suarez by telling The
Sentinel: “When you get a little touch and he is screaming like he
has broken his leg you do think ‘is he hurt?’ but nine times out of
10, he’s not.
“It is something we are trying to get out of the game. Referees
have to try to stamp down on it.
“There is a difference between winning a penalty and just
“Sometimes players know a tackle is coming in and ride it and go
down. That’s good play, winning a penalty.
“But sometimes, when you just dive with no touch at all, that’s
not good for the game.”