Stoke City: Tony Pulis calls for three match diving ban
STOKE City boss Tony Pulis has today said players who dive should face the possibility of three-match suspensions.
In a press conference Pulis said Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic should be facing a three-match suspension after he accused the defender of diving in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.
Although Chelsea were not awarded any penalties during the contest and midfielder Oscar picked up a booking for diving, Ivanovic escaped a caution after throwing himself down in the box when he appeared not to have been touched.
“I have spoken about simulation before,” said Pulis, whose defender Andy Wilkinson is serving a three-match suspension for violent conduct following an off-ball incident that was examined after the Potters’ game against Manchester City with the use of video highlights.
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“They 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.
“Ivanovic would be looking at three games, Chelsea wouldn’t be too happy with him and I don’t think he would be diving around anymore.
“We just don’t think it’s right and we encourage the players to be as honest as they can.”