Tony Pulis’ post match interview on Sunday afternoon was particularly hard to stomach for Liverpool fans.

The Welshman stood in front of the camera’s, clearly eager to get something off his chest. “I was disappointed with the number of bookings we received, and thought Liverpool should have had some more of their players cautioned.”

As soon as he was given the slightest push as to who he thought should of been carded, the Stoke boss launched an angry tirade against Luis Suarez for diving, in a rant that anybody who saw Sunday’s match will know, screamed hypocrisy.

“I’ve been on about and banging the drum about people who fall over,” said Pulis. “It’s an embarrassment. The FA should be looking at this.”

Pulis than had the audacity to claim Suarez should receive a three match ban, in a bid to stop him from “falling over.”

This is the same man who two weeks ago was praising Peter Crouch for scoring against Manchester City, despite a blatant handball in the build up.

Suarez was cheating to get an advantage for his team in the same way Crouch had done, something Pulis had advocated just 14 days previously.

Don’t get me wrong, the Suarez dive on Sunday was pathetic and it is something that needs to be stamped out of the game. Gareth Bale’s wasn’t much better on the same day, and it is fast becoming ridiculous.

But Pulis had clearly instructed his side to kick lumps out of Suarez all game, and the Uruguayan striker got little to no protection from referee Lee Mason.

Within four minutes Robert Huth had made a clear stamp that left a mark behind on the strikers chest. Mason ignored it, and despite video evidence there will be no retrospective punishment.

This was not just an isolated incident, Huth continued to cynically foul the Liverpool number seven at any given opportunity, and it remains a mystery as to how he stayed on the pitch.

The same could be said for many of Stoke’s players. Everyone knows they are a physical side, and they get results from playing to their strengths.

But Sunday was particularly brutal, with smaller, young players such as Raheem Sterling, Joe Allen and Suso being targeted time and again alongside Suarez.

Listening to Tony Pulis take the moral high ground after watching his players kick lumps out of Liverpool for 90 minutes was simply unbelievable.

One of the things most people want stamped out of the game is the fake card brandishing we see from players in an attempt to get others sent off.

Pulis has done exactly the same thing from the safety of his post match press conference, and should focus his energy on looking at his own players thuggery before criticizing Suarez.

It is especially disappointing as everyone knows Suarez is an easy target, and Pulis has simply jumped on the bandwagon to disrupt one of the most exciting if not controversial talents in the Premier League, something that is far to easy to do.

Whilst what Suarez did was wrong, you feel for him to some extent and saw it as an act of desperation after being kicked from pillar to post by Huth and co all afternoon, and continue to be ignored by the referee. Lee Mason actually laughed at his appeals following the Huth stamp.

There was no word from Pulis’ counter part Brendan Rodgers on the incident.

“They are a bunch of big men who make it difficult for you and there is no right or wrong way to play football,” he said.

“What I was proud of is our young guys stood up to that. It was a physical game but no complaints from us.”

Rodgers take on the game has just made Pulis look all the more foolish.

I am not sure when the Stoke boss became the spokesperson for fair play in the Premier League, especially since his side have finished bottom of the fair play league three times in the last six seasons.

It would be nice to see an apology for his words and his own players actions on Sunday. But following his delusional comments on several occasions this season, it seems about as likely as a game going by without Luis Suarez making the headlines.

What do you think of Tony Pulis’ words? Is he being hypocritical or does he have a point? Follow me on Twitter @LukeGreenwood89 and let me know your thoughts. 

 

 

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  • lwspj
    2 years ago

    Tony Pulis’s comments would only be hypocritical if Stoke players dived. They do not

    I am not aware that Stoke City’s disciplinary record is significantly worse than some other Premiership clubs, which people usually don’t bother to mention

    Mr Greenwood clearly has an agenda – indeed he is probably a Liverpool fan, as it is difficult to imagine anyone else could such a misleading account of the game

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    • Lee
      2 years ago

      Very good article written by a level headed reporter. Suarez bashing is for the lazy football journalist or general do-gooder who wants to gain some exposure – Lots of takers for this, Step up Mr Pulis.

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    • red 33
      2 years ago

      Player like you who are the one should be ban, because players who love hard tackilng and violent is the one that creat the opportunity for technically fragile player to take advantage off, REMEMBER reaction always comes from the creator.

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    • Carrard
      2 years ago

      @lwspj:
      Do you know why the disciplinary record is not worse thant other’s?
      Because players like Huth, who should sit out at least four games, doesn’t get punished…

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  • RedRoy
    2 years ago

    I agree diving should be wiped from the game, and so should foul play. Stoke may have gone on to win this game if they concentrated on football and not deliberately trying stop liverpool players from playing football. Huth should have been sent off and not only for the stamping incident. several liverpool players are lucky not to be on the injury list. Looks like Pulis has tried to deflect his woeful tactics, by targeting Suarez for his hilarious dive, at least he did’nt try to harm a Stoke player. Suarez did’nt cheat as much as Stoke.

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    • Dave47
      2 years ago

      Apart from the so called stamp, which wasn’t, tell us about all these shocking fouls, all I saw was a few trips and a bit of wrestling, hardly career threatening. The worst foul was Suarezs kick on Huth after the ball had gone.

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      • James Lowson
        2 years ago

        There was a disgusting tackle on Sterling and also Suso was roughed up, also hardly a one-off match there is a genuine problem with the way Tony Pulis’s Stoke approach Premier League matches disappointed they play at the highest level of a sport I love.

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    • from the north
      2 years ago

      the worst tackle was suarez on huth, a cowards tackle from behind after the ball had gone, yet he didn’t get a yellow card, or a yellow card for booting the ball into the Kop, walters got a yellow for that, also the yellow suarez should have got for his girly dive, then he should have been sent off surely? Refs favouring the bigger clubs again……

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  • Luke Greenwood
    2 years ago

    In response to the first comment, I think we both watched a very different game on Sunday.

    I have no agenda against Pulis or Stoke, I just find his comments staggering.

    If Suarez deserves a ban than surely so does Huth? It begs the question as to what is worse, diving or violent conduct?

    I thought it was a particularly brutal display from Stoke, and Pulis probably knew that. There were several cynical fouls in the game in my opinion.

    That’s why he has spoken about Suarez in such terms as he knows he is an easy target and it will draw attention away from his teams display.

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    • Dibbson
      2 years ago

      On Monday the FA confirmed one of the match officials had seen the defender stand on Suarez but deemed it accidental.

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      • Lee
        2 years ago

        Did you think it was accidental – Nor did anyone else with correctly functioning eyes and brain.

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  • Vip Patel
    2 years ago

    As a Stoke fan, I was disappointed with the game. So much so, I was ashamed to finish watching the event. I saw the post-match interview and was hoping Pulis would have said that he had, had a few words with Huth. I saw the incident, an again as a Stoke fan, I was ashamed. Huth should have been sent off, or at the very least a yellow card. Throughout the game Huth was disappointing.
    Suarez is a talented player that has fits on the pitch. Stay on your feet for gawd sakes! But on behalf of Stoke and its amazing fans, I’d like to apologize for Huth.

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    • Lee
      2 years ago

      Spot on, And Suarez should stop diving.

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      • Papa Syed
        2 years ago

        nuff said and done…apology accepted!

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  • Rob
    2 years ago

    Firstly, Suarez’ antics at the end played right into the lynch mob’s hands.

    Secondly, did no-one see Crouch go to ground in the first few minutes like he’d been shot? Or the big lump Walters go down like a sack of spuds under a challenge from……..Rahim Sterling?

    People are missing the point here, Stoke’s gameplan is to win free kicks in and around the Penalty Area. The game I watched Sunday saw them get more than their fair share of dodgy decisions. Forget the physical side of their play, they cheat as much as any team but their manager is either too much of a hypocrite or too cosy with Fergie to admit it.

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  • Macedonian LFC
    2 years ago

    With diving you not ruin nobody,only yourself like Suarez,but with kicking all game somebody legs,chest,part of the bodies,you do.What we need a see,some bad injuries on Sterling(this kid every game got bit himself)Suarez and after that to got protection,or FA gone say he dive he deserve.Bloody hypocrites.YNWA,mates

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  • ed
    2 years ago

    Tony PUKElis….nuff said

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  • ed
    2 years ago

    Tony PUKElis….Fergies little BITCH

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  • Level Headed
    2 years ago

    Stoke fan here.

    Huth – should have been booked, it was a skip rather than stamp. Either way, not acceptable

    Suarez – should have been booked for the barge or the dive

    If the referee makes these calls, the game calms down and they get on with it.

    All the post match comments were slightly farcical, neither player deserves a ban – just a stronger ref

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  • Rolf Harris
    2 years ago

    As Stoke fan who is big, can not agree with what written. Suarez look for dive every match he play instead of consintrate on football. Huth maybe stand on accident but no way purposely. You make up own ‘facts’ to suit agenda that is pathetic. Stoke thugs, Stoke rugby – would you say this if won game? Don’t think so. Grapes are sour as they say and well done for Mr Pulis to stand up and be heard. Diving ruin football much like supporters like yourself. Make things up despite clearly wrong. No real bad tackles all game and then you have nerve to say Stoke play like thug? Forgive if not right but does not Jamie Carragher still play for club? Bigger thug than Stoke team put together. And he rubbish.

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