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Tony Pulis calls for three-game diving ban

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Pulis has called for more action to be taken on players who dive.
Pulis has called for more action to be taken on players who dive.

STOKE CITY MANAGER Tony Pulis said Thursday that Branislav Ivanoic should be facing a three-match ban for diving during Chelsea’s 1-0 Premier League win over the Potters on Saturday.

Pulis slammed the behaviour of Ivanovic and Chelsea team-mate Oscar after the match, saying their “simulation” had been “laughable”.

And he reiterated his criticism on Thursday ahead of Stoke’s league match at home to Swansea City this weekend, saying: “I have spoken about simulation before.

“They are really quick to pull people up on incidents that they think are bookable or sending-off incidents, and I think they should pull people up for diving and give them a three-game ban straight away.

“Ivanovic would be looking at three games, Chelsea wouldn’t be too happy with him and I don’t think he would be diving around any more.

“We just don’t think it’s right and we encourage the players to be as honest as they can.

“Kights (Stoke winger Michael Kightly) stayed on his feet (in a separate incident) and rightly so.

“We think it is the way to do it — whatever other clubs do, they do.”

- © AFP, 2012

Do you agree? Should there be a three-game diving ban?

Poll Results:

Yes, I agree (60)
No, that's an awful idea (58)
Further action needs to be taken, but three games is too harsh. (22)

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