Luis Suarez: Yes, I did dive against Stoke City
SO Luis Suarez did deliberately dive against Stoke earlier this season.
We all suspected it at the time and plenty openly accused the Uruguayan of brazen simulation.
But now Suarez himself has reportedly admitted that he did indeed take a dive to try and win a penalty.
Suarez was seen almost leaping into the air inside the Stoke area during City's 0-0 draw at Liverpool on October 7.
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Furious Stoke boss Tony Pulis stormed after the game: "I just think the FA should look at it.
"If the kid has dived, then they should ban him for three games. That would stop him diving."
And now Suarez is quoted in South America as finally confessing to a dive that day - but also attacked the media for picking on him.
"Sometimes you do things on the field that later you think 'why the hell did I do that?'" Suarez is quoted as saying.
"I was accused of falling inside the box in a match, and it's true I did it that time because we were drawing against Stoke at home and we needed anything to win it.
"But after that everybody jumped out to talk – the Stoke coach, and the Everton coach (David Moyes)."
Three weeks after the Anfield incident, Suarez scored in the Merseyside derby and then conducted an elaborate celebration in front of Moyes.
Had Suarez been booked for diving against Stoke, incidentally, he would have been their third successive opponent to be punished for simulation.
For Chelsea's Oscar and Swansea's Ben Davies were both shown yellow cards for diving in Stoke's preceding two fixtures.