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

Anfield.

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

diving.

“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.”