Rodgers riled by vilification of Suarez dive

LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers has criticised the “vilification” of Luis Suarez after the forward was on Sunday accused of diving against Stoke City.

The Uruguay international theatrically fell in the Stoke penalty area during their 0-0 Premier League draw away to Liverpool at Anfield but Rodgers has been exasperated by criticism of the forward’s behaviour when an apparent stamp by Robert Huth on Suarez’s chest has been largely overlooked and consequently gone unpunished.

“I find it incredible that in nearly all the coverage about Luis Suarez, 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.

“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.”