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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes Luis Suarez is being unfairly treated

Luis Suarez: The focus on the striker has been described as 'incredible' by Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes striker Luis Suarez is being unfairly singled out after he was accused of diving.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis launched a scathing attack on the striker after Sunday's 0-0 draw at Anfield, suggesting he committed a second-half dive and calling for bans to prevent simulation.

But Rodgers has leapt to the defence of Suarez and he was left bemused after the FA decided not to take action against Potters defender Robert Huth for an alleged stamp on the Uruguay international.

"As manager of this football club I find it incredible that in nearly all the coverage about Luis Suarez this weekend, very little focus has been placed on the fact that he was actually the victim of a stamping incident within the first five minutes of the game," said Rodgers.

Rodgers defends Suarez

"At this moment there seems to be one set of rules for Luis and another set for everyone else.

"Diving and simulation is obviously a wider issue in football and one that we all agree has to be eradicated from our game but there were other incidents this weekend that didn't seem to generate the same coverage.

"No one should be distracted by the real issue here, both at Anfield and at another game played on Sunday, when Luis and another player were hurt in off-the-ball incidents that went unpunished but were caught on TV cameras.

"I believe some people need to develop a sense of perspective and I also believe in this moment the vilification of Luis is both wrong and unfair.

"I will continue to protect the values, spirit and people of this great club and game while searching for a consistent level of results in order to make progress on the field."

Is Luis Suarez vilified in the Premier League?

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  • No