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  • I apologise for this post in advance - I know this is nothing new but wanted to post it to get it off my chest.

    The narrative in the british media around LS has been unbelievable. All of the ex-footballers I've listened to say it was a nail on penalty. The numerous replays I have seen clearly show the keeper missing the ball and catching Suarez. Even Lambert couldn't hide his smile when the reporter, after listening to him say that he didn't think it was a pen, asked him if he would have been disappointed had it not been given at the other end. He didn't answer the question.

    And yet the headlines are as if Suarez and bitten, racially abused and dived all at the same time. The Sunday Supplement have just had a discussion where one journalist starts by saying there was no contact and therefore it was a dive. When the other three journalists point out there was contact and it was a penalty, you think that might change the direction of the discussion. Of course not. We go on to hear that we shouldn't be too harsh on Suarez because this "dive" wasn't as bad as some of "his" others. Even, most graciously, that Bacuna rolling around on the floor clutching his face trying to get Sturridge sent off might, arguably, be as bad as Suarez "winning" the penalty.

    Let me write that again. A player play acting to get a fellow player sent off might (just might mind you) arguably (of course there's some doubt) be as bad as Suarez being fouled and given a penalty!?

    Of course all last season we heard that Bale was unlucky to be booked 7 times for diving. That the slightest touch is enough to bring down the modern professional footballer travelling at speed. Oh, and wasn't it funny when that nice Mr Neville fell over with no one anywhere near him.

    The media witch-hunt will continue until Suarez has left the country.

    Sorry rant over.

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    • I thought it was a penalty first time I saw it and still think the same. The keeper caught him, simples. You can also tell the way he went down.

      As for foul play I thought the two tackles in the United, Chelsea game were far worse. Vidic was deliberate and cynical. while the other was just down right wrong and deserved red every day of the week.

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      • The biggest thing about Suarez (well there are several), is that Guzan came flying out and on the ground, while Suarez rounded him, but then never had anywhere to go. Guzan could not get out of the way, and did NOT try to get the ball, NOR did Suarez really drag a foot. Being objective, I could say, and many would agree I think, it was soft, but considering the ref was looking from behind, and the sidejudge had to view it at full speed, so in addition to being in the way, and some contact, it was always a pk..

        Just think of the amount of times Ashley Young, Januzaj, Oscar, and a few others, have ridiculously dived, and / or dragged a foot, and gotten the call.. They make Suarez looking like a school boy, aside from the media's non stop picking on him. Had he scored a wonder goal (he had a terrible game), it would barely be a talking point, and even Sterling's the week before may have been softer, though a penalty as well..