Fall guy: Luis Suarez tumbles to the rescue as Liverpool snatch a point against Aston Villa
The Uruguayan, chasing Gerrard’s diagonal pass into the inside-left channel, went to ground in a 50-50 challenge for the ball with Guzan
Saturday 18 January 2014
Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was at the centre of yet another diving controversy last night after winning a penalty against Aston Villa in dubious circumstances.
The Uruguayan, chasing Steven Gerrard’s diagonal pass into the inside-left channel, went to ground in a 50-50 challenge for the ball with Brad Guzan, although replays showed that while the Villa goalkeeper missed the ball he also appeared to make no contact with the Liverpool forward.
Jon Moss, the referee, awarded the spot-kick despite protests by Guzan and other Villa players. Gerrard converted it, with the goal enabling Liverpool to save face with a 2-2 draw.
Paul Lambert, Villa’s manager, was certain Liverpool had won a soft penalty. “It is difficult for the referee, he has to make a split- second decision,” he said. “But I’ve seen it on the tape and Brad definitely pulls his arm away.” Asked if that meant Suarez had dived, he said: “I’ll let you decide on that. I won’t comment on what Suarez did. If you ask me what I think of him I think he is a world-class player.”
Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool’s manager, had some sympathy with Lambert. “I thought today we got one penalty and did not get another one,” he said. “There was one in the first half we didn’t get when [Leandro] Bacuna handled the ball. I can see where Paul would look at that [Suarez incident] and feel it was a little bit harsh but I actually thought it was a penalty.”
The draw meant Liverpool lost ground on Arsenal in the Premier League title race.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Gabriel Paulista sent to Paris to speed up move; Luis Suarez bid planned; Gunners eye Daniele Rugani
Gabriel Paulista: Talented Brazilian could grow into world-class defender at Arsenal
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Pair finally meet at NBA game and shake hands, will the fight be announced during Super Bowl?
Andy Murray vs Tomas Berydch: Murray cool over reunion with coach Dani Vallverdu at the Australian Open
Manchester United transfer news and rumours: David De Gea new deal; Gareth Bale on speculation; Wilfried Zaha exit
- 2 Mystery man who gave mum heart-warming note on train 'wanted to put a smile on her face'
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent answer to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
Louise Mensch says 'F**K YOU' in explosive tweets about David Cameron, Saudi Embassy and the Queen over King Abdullah tributes