We must get tough to beat cheats, says Stoke boss Pulis

08 April 2011 12:26
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Tony Pulis has called on the FA to extend their new hard-line stance on player behaviour to include taking action against 'cheating' players.

Wayne Rooney yesterday became the most high-profile victim of the FA's decision to stamp out the bad side of the game as his two-match ban was upheld.

But Stoke boss Pulis wants the governing body to start dishing out punishments to players who dive and those who fake injury in a bid to get an opponent booked or sent off.

He said: 'I always get disappointed these days when players roll around trying to get people booked. Players need to help players. We talk about giving respect to referees but players should respect players as well.

'It is something that has crept into our game and something that has been accepted. I do think it is almost a disease that has gripped English football and I don't like it.'

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He added: 'We see people feigning injury and diving, and in my opinion it is cheating. Those players should be reprimanded.

'Forget about other countries and what they do over there . . . this is England.'

Pulis has always told his players not to cheat, but is now wondering whether his honesty is damaging Stoke's chances of winning games.

He said: 'We talk about not diving and not rolling around at this football club and we don't get any credit for it.

'Sometimes we wonder if it is worth doing.'

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Source: Daily_Mail