Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has urged Luis Suarez to cut “play acting” out of his game.
The Uruguayan ace has developed a reputation for his theatrics since his 2011 arrival at Anfield from Ajax, with many fans and pundits having criticised him for diving to gain free-kicks and penalties.
Suarez has reigned in his poor behaviour a little this term, but he found himself the centre of a storm on Sunday against Manchester City after exaggerating minimal contact in a challenge with Martin Demichelis.
Referee Mark Clattenberg deemed there to be no foul, leading to calls for Suarez to be booked – which would have been his second caution of the game.
The Liverpool talisman has been in terrific form this term with 29 goals, but Hamann wants him to alter his approach to cut out such antics:
“There is contact [between Suarez and Demichelis] but his antics don’t do him any favours,” he told talkSPORT.
“If [referee] Mark Clattenburg doesn’t judge it to be a foul then he should have sent him off.
“I don’t want to accuse him of diving, because there has been contact, but there was some play-acting.
“That was the reason he didn’t get the penalty later on. That was blatant. Kompany had his hands on his chest.
“I don’t agree with his antics. He’s a fantastic player but, unless someone sends him off for play-acting, [he won’t stop]. He’s been better recently but against Manchester City he was back to his old tricks.”
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