Divers should be retrospectively punished, fumes Stoke boss Pulis

The Potters' boss was angry with two decisions in his side's 1-0 defeat at Norwich on Saturday, and feels players who tumble too easily should be dealt with afterwards
Stoke boss Tony Pulis has called for divers to be retrospectively punished after he felt two contentious decisions went against his side in its 1-0 defeat away to Norwich City.

The Potters' manager felt Robert Snodgrass went down easily to win a free kick from which the Canaries scored, and he believes Charlie Adam was unfortunate to be booked by Andre Marriner for diving. The 54-year-old has now suggested it would be beneficial to remove the responsibility for punishing divers from the referees, and leave appropriate sanctions to a panel after the games.

"I think the [diving] situation should be taken completely out of the hands of the referees and it should be retrospective on a Monday," Pulis told reporters. "There should be a panel which sits to decide whether a player has dived or not, that eases the pressure on referees and they only make that decision if they are 110 percent certain someone has cheated."

Pulis was particularly critical of the decision given against Andy Wilkinson, feeling Snodgrass went to ground with little contact.

"The goal was a disappointment. I have been in to see the referee to have a quick chat," Pulis said. "I thought it certainly was not a free kick, and the disappointing thing is when the lad [Snodgrass] falls, Andre [Marriner] and the linesman are so close to it.

"[Marriner] has booked Charlie in the first half for diving - I have just had a look at that and [Javier] Garrido pushes him in the back, so that is a double kick in the teeth when he gets both those decisions wrong and even worse when they score from it. Referees give the decisions they see on the day, and he has seen it differently to what we have. When he sees it again on the telly tonight, he will have a different opinion."

Norwich boss Chris Hughton disagreed with Pulis, suggesting Stoke will simply "have to be able to deal" with contentious decisions in every game.

"I have not seen [the Snodgrass incident] since, but I have heard the comments. If anything is labelled at Robert Snodgrass, then you have got to say the same about Charlie Adam, who went down," said Hughton. "If you are looking at incidents in the game, there are so many and you are always going to pick out a few, but it is a tough physical game and you have to be able to deal with it," he added.

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