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Saturday, September 22, 2012
Pulis slams 'laughable' Blues pair

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Tony Pulis labelled Branislav Ivanovic and Oscar "laughable" after accusing the Chelsea duo of diving during Stoke's 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

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Neither player won his side a penalty during the match, and Oscar was carded for simulation, but Pulis was still angered by what he saw as an attempt to con referee Michael Oliver.

Ivanovic escaped caution when he hit the turf after there appeared to be little contact in the penalty area. Then Pulis was left fuming after a late challenge from David Luiz on Jonathan Walters was punished by only a yellow card.

Highlighting what he dubbed "the simulation'', Pulis said: "Ivanovic's one in the first half is laughable and the lad Oscar, who's a fabulous player. This is England. We're playing in England, we're not playing in Europe.

"And we can't watch people just fall over and not talk about it. That's the disappointing thing. We should highlight it and keep highlighting it and keep highlighting it.

"There are certain players in the Premier League who have got a reputation and referees know that if you touch them then they'll fall down or go down as quickly as they can.

"The people that do it, just keep highlighting it, keep showing it, because it's a part of the game that I don't think we should stomach and we don't talk about enough.''

He added: "I think there were four occasions today. The referee did smashing. But that's the other point. They put enormous pressure on by falling over. It's difficult enough today to referee anyway. And for players to be doing that, I don't think it's fair on the referees.''

Pulis said of the Luiz lunge: "It's a dreadful challenge and I think David would be the first one to say he's very, very lucky to stay on the pitch - very." Asked if it would have been a red card had Luiz been a Stoke player, Pulis said: "Now you said that, not me. Make sure the FA know it was you.''




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