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What They're Saying
January 19th, 2014 10:29PM
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"If Guzan's going to be silly enough to come rushing out like that on a wet pitch, sliding out. What is Suarez expected to do here? ... If the keeper's going to be that stupid to come running out at that pace when he can't control himself. He's asking for trouble. He's asking problems. Suarez can't be expected to jump over him then just because he's come running out at his feet."

-- English TV pundit and former national team player Alan Shearer takes Luis Suarez's side in the latest British diving debate, ignited by U.S. keeper Brad Guzan's foul on Suarez during Liverpool's 2-2 tie with Aston Villa. (Daily Mail)


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  1. Allan Lindh
    commented on: January 20, 2014 at 8:01 p.m.
    Yes,that is the strikers perspective. But Suarez pulled up his feet before the possibility of contact, so he was going down irrespective of whether there was a slight touch. So yes, it was a dive. On the other hand, strikers who are forever being chopped down, learn early to pull up their feet to avoid damage to their feet and legs, and that may be what he was doing. It was a very soft call, on that all can agree, and it is a shame that a match was decided by it. The only possible solution I can think of is "video replay." Give each team two challenges, let the fourth official do the review, and the final decision. He can at his discretion consult with the three on-field officials. Would not solve all the problems, but almost certainly would reduce the number of unfortunate "tainted decisions" like this one. I believe in this case video review would have resulted in a decision of no foul, no penalty kick.

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