Stoke City: Tony Pulis calls for diving ban on Liverpool's Luis Suarez
TONY Pulis wants Luis Suarez hit with a three-game ban if he is found guilty of diving during Stoke's goalless draw at Liverpool.
The controversial Uruguay international is likely to escape any punishment under the current rules after referee Lee Mason decided against booking a Stoke opponent for what would have been a third consecutive game for diving.
• GALLERY: Match Action: Liverpool 0 Stoke City 0
But Pulis – angered that Stoke had six bookings and Liverpool none – was particularly annoyed by Suarez's apparent dive in the penalty area in the second half.
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"I just think the FA should look at it," he stated. "If the kid has dived, then they should ban him for three games. That would stop him diving.
"It's just so annoying. We got six booked and they got no-one booked. I just thought we were tough and strong.
"It's difficult to play against that atmosphere and the enormous pressure put on referees with certain players doing things they shouldn't do.
"Jon Walters got booked for kicking the ball away, but then Suarez has booted the ball into the crowd right at the end and not been booked."
Pulis was delighted with the effort of his players, meanwhile, and said the progress on recent goalless draws at Anfield was evident.
"It's a great clean sheet and we looked dangerous," he observed. "And that's probably the difference between us last year and us this year.
"But yes, we've got to start hitting the ball into the back of the net after creating so many chances.
"It's a great point for us, it is always is at Anfield. I thought in the first 20 minutes we were brilliant and really took the game to them. We just needed to score.
"They came back into the game, as you knew they would, but I always thought we looked dangerous on the break and even had a chance right at the end from a far
"Our defending was resolute and the lads really deserved that point. Every opportunity they had was either missed or we put our bodies in the way.
"I thought Asmir (Begovic) was solid – and the rest of the back four."
Michael Owen was missing from yesterday's action against his old club after picking up a slight groin injury.
"He hurt it on Friday and we didn't want to take a chance," said Pulis. "It's not a drastic injury, but if he had come on as a sub he could have done some damage."
Pulis is now readying himself for a few international fixtures during the next fortnight, explaining: "I'm going to see a few players who have been recommended.
"We have got to keep trying to improve, even if it takes one, two or three windows to get them at the right price for the club."