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Mourinho accuses Suarez of diving

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho says Liverpool striker Luis Suarez should have been booked for a diving in a 2-1 win for the Blues over the Reds.

Suarez was chasing Cesar Azpilicueta when he went to ground in the Chelsea penalty area after appearing to be caught by a Samuel Eto'o challenge.

"It is not a tackle. Suarez lost the duel with Azpilicueta, who has the ball and is leaving the box," said Mourinho.

"Now he is doing an acrobatic swimming pool jump to try to get a penalty."

He added: "He is so clever because he also knows he is in the area with the Liverpool supporters behind him.

"But Webb is 10 metres away and I think the only mistake he did was not to give him a yellow card."

The incident occurred in the closing stages with Liverpool 2-1 down — Chelsea had taken the lead through goals from Eden Hazard and Eto'o following Martin Skrtel's opener for the Reds.

"I am always happy when I see him play because I love his quality, his commitment, his ambition to win. He is absolutely a fantastic player," continued Mourinho.

"But this country is a special country. I'm not English or British but I feel I have also responsibility in defending some values in this football.

"One of the things that we have good is that we don't like people with simulations.

"This situation in the box with Azpilicueta and Eto'o, stop with this or give him a yellow card because it is not good for our game."

Uruguay international Suarez has scored 19 goals in 14 games since his return from a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a game last season.

He was also banned for seven games when he was at Ajax for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal's shoulder during a match in November 2010.

During his time at Liverpool, he has also received an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra in December 2011.

He has stayed clear of any misdemeanours since his return this season and Mourinho added: "The player is amazing. He is a very nice boy, I know him from his time at Ajax."