Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Pulis Backs AVB In Battle To Boot Out The Cheats


Tony Pulis has backed Andre Villas-Boas' battle to kick the conmen out of the British game.

Chelsea chief AVB spoke out last week to condemn the divers for trying to trick referees into giving penalties.

And Pulis has added his voice to the campaign, demanding a stance is taken now before the cheating habit becomes part of the Premier League culture.

The Stoke chief can expect to get a close up view of the sickening antics that are ruining the Spanish game when Valencia arrive to play the Potters on Thursday in the Europa League.

And he intends to fight long and hard to ensure the top flight is not dogged by the dirty tricks football's conmen use to fool under pressure referees.

He said: ``My big thing is people diving.

“I just can’t stand people falling around and rolling around. It really, really goes against the grain for British football.

“But what I’ve seen abroad and in a few cases here … I just think it’s a growing disease.

“They’re not even touched and they’re falling over and it puts enormous pressure on referees. It’s difficult enough for referees to referee the game with all the different rules and interpretations.

“But for players to be simulating challenges and tackles that are not even taking place in front of 40 - 50,000 people – you’re putting even more pressure on referees.

“I’ve watched Spanish football and they’re doing it and everyone just takes it as the norm.

“We certainly don’t want to see that in England whatever happens. I think we should cut it off at the pass now if we can.

“In Spain it is seen as clever but I don’t think it is clever. I think it’s cheating.

“I would hate to see a game with two of the greatest clubs in the world – Barcelona and Madrid – and see a game that is just littered with people rolling around at every challenge. Where they actually forgot about football!

“Can you imagine two top teams in our country performing like that? It would be terrible.

“I don’t think Ferguson and Dalglish would allow that to happen.  I don’t think so and that’s the difference.

“But we have to do something about it. Someone has to stand up and say something.

“It’s not me because I ain’t going to be able to do something about it. It has to be someone with more authority than me who does it.”

Pulis struggles to understand how fellow professionals can shake each others hands after trying to stitch them up during matches.

He added:“The thing that irks me is when you see two players go in for a 50-50 challenge and one player goes down and stays down. I’ve even seen instances where players are looking to see of the other player’s got booked or sent off.

“It’s wrong, completely wrong. They’re all in the same profession, they’re all in the same union. They have a responsibility to themselves as a group.''

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