Outspoken: Moyes is preparing his side to face Liverpool on Sunday
Spoiling the game? Moyes believes divers should be harshly punished
David Moyes has accused players like Luis Suarez of turning supporters away from English football and he demanded serial divers be punished with bans.
The Everton manager stoked the fires ahead of the 219th Merseyside derby, which will be refereed by Andre Marriner, by admitting he is 'worried' about Suarez, especially after last season when the Liverpool striker's dramatic reaction to a challenge led to Jack Rodwell being wrongly sent off.
Moyes, who has long held strong views about players who go down too easily, referred to that incident yesterday as 'a dive' and believes the culture of players cheating to gain an advantage will eventually mean football loses spectators.
'But I am not the referee, I am not the one that (makes decisions). But I tell you what — it will turn the supporters away from football if they think players are conning their way to results.
'People like to see things done in the main correctly. If the ball hits a hand, of course you are going to claim for it. And you will take every decision you get. But when people are out to manufacture it, supporters in general will not like it.'
When Moyes was asked if his comments were directed at Suarez in particular, he replied: ‘It is generally. I think it is a discussion to be had. I don’t think supporters like the idea of players going down easily.
'Everybody who has played football and who is involved in it, you would hate to see that happening in the games you played. You would say "get up". You just find it very hard to go along with but you have to give the referee the chance to referee the game the way he sees it.'
Moyes added: 'Players should stay on their feet. I have got a view that retrospective viewing of diving should be seen as more important than some of the technology they are talking about coming in. I think if you banned players, it wouldn’t take long before you cut (diving) out.'
Shocker: Suarez is starting to earn himself something of a reputation
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers launched an astonishing defence of Suarez following a 0-0 draw against Stoke earlier this month, claiming he is the victim of ‘wrong and unfair treatment’, and he reiterated that Liverpool have suffered at the hands of referees.
Moyes, who is similarly aggrieved about decisions that have gone against Everton, regularly reminds his squad about the code of conduct he expects them to follow on the pitch and will not tolerate them diving.
Rodgers said: 'I have seen it over the years - the real firecrackers of games, full of intensity and passion, which they should be because that is what derbies are about. But it is also important to stay calm.'
Pressure somemore lah
now goal kena rule offside liao lor
i dun get it leh, the last kick just seems like it is a goal to me.
the most failure part is moyes say suarez will dive
indeed suarez dive in front of him