Suarez fortunate to avoid red card, claims Moyes

David Moyes believes Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was lucky not to be sent off during the Merseyside derby after appearing to stand on the heel of Everton defender Sylvain Distin, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Suarez was at the centre of much of the action during the 219th meeting between the sides. The Uruguayan striker looked to have given Liverpool the lead but his opener was later credited as a Leighton Baines own goal, but regardless Suarez ran towards the Everton dugout and performed an exaggerated dive in celebration, landing at the feet of the Everton manager. Moyes had commented in the week before the game about Suarez’s reputation for diving.

The forward then did get on the score sheet, converting a Steven Gerrard free-kick after finding himself unmarked in the penalty area. The celebration was more tame this time, but Suarez was not done – he later appeared to have scored again, in the dying seconds, but the goal was wrongly disallowed for offside.

Moyes however feels Suarez should not have still been on the pitch at that moment to score, having trod on the back of Distin’s ankle earlier. Suarez received a yellow card for the infringement but Moyes argued that the booking was not sufficient punishment.

He said: “I’ve got to say he was a really lucky man to stay on the pitch for his tackle. If you’ve not seen the one down the back of Sylvain’s legs, it is definitely (a red card). I’ve seen the video of the tackle.

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