Brendan Rodgers has called on his fellow Premier League managers to hold back in their criticism of Luis Suarez, claiming that the Liverpool striker is unfairly targeted for complaints over diving and that every club has a similar problem, the
Ahead of last weekend’s Merseyside derby, Everton boss David Moyes singled out Suarez, who celebrated what he thought was his first goal of the game – later given as a Leighton Baines own goal – by performing an exaggerated diving celebration almost at the feet of the Toffees manager. Everton later had Phil Neville booked for diving, with the captain apologising for his actions after the match after getting a half-time dressing down from Moyes.
Rodgers added that the culture in which Suarez grew up does not consider diving to be the sin it has become in English football, claiming that in Uruguay and other Latin nations, diving is seen as a skill in the same category as other things a player may do on the pitch.
“It is ridiculous to single out one man, because every single club has an issue. Hopefully people won’t continue to vilify Suarez, because he was the easy target before, and look beyond themselves and their own players to see that it’s something that is part of the game,” Rodgers said.
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