Luis Suarez: Supporters Shouldn't Be Up in Arms with Striker's Diving Admission

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on January 2, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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No one should be shocked that Luis Suarez has admitted to diving.

A report in The Guardian reveals that the Uruguayan has come clean and revealed that he purposely flopped to the turf in order to win a penalty. Per the article:

"I was accused of falling inside the box in a match and it's true I did it that time, because we were drawing against Stoke at home and we needed anything to win it. But after that everybody jumped out to talk–the Stoke coach and the Everton coach … I understood that the name Suárez sells [papers]."

Should anybody really care, though? This isn't really news for the Liverpool supporters and others who have watched him, at times entertaining and other times disgusting, throw himself to the ground at the slightest bit of contact or even in the absence of contact.

Suarez is one of the most intense competitors in the Premier League.

Few remonstrate as much as he does when a call doesn't go his way. In the 4-0 loss to Tottenham last season, Suarez got himself booked and very nearly sent-off for harassing the official. He was incredibly lucky the halftime whistle blew.

In addition, the striker is the kind of player who will do anything, inside or outside of the rules, in order to help his team win. The constant diving and handball at the 2010 World Cup are evidence of that.

If you've forgotten or are unaware, The Telegraph has listed a few of the events that have gotten Suarez plenty of negative attention.

Per The Guardian, Brendan Rodgers has already gone on record saying Suarez will be disciplined by Liverpool:

Reacting to the remarks, Rodgers said: "I've seen the comments and I think it is wrong. Certainly from our perspective it is unacceptable. It is not something we advocate here. Our ethics are correct.

"I've spoken to Luis and he is totally understanding and knows where I'm coming from as manager of the club. This is a big club and whatever people do say goes around the world, and what was said was wrong and not acceptable—he takes that and we move on. There is no one bigger than the club or the club's image.

"The comments, from our point of view as a club, are not what we would want to hear. This is something which was obviously wrong and is not something we associate with as a club of this standing."

It's a bit the same as when the Daily Mail reported that Sir Alex Ferguson was going to speak to Ashley Young about his diving. Young had two particularly bad dives and was rightfully criticized. It hasn't been as much of an issue since his talk with Ferguson.

The Uruguayan is not going to completely change his style. He may tone down the diving, but it's doubtful he'll ever completely stop. Diving is a part of his game, and as a result, it's part of what got him to where he is.

Didier Drogba was also a serial diver. Now, with his Champions League performance last season and overall quality, that's an afterthought as he's become one of the more revered players in EPL history.

Gareth Bale has been guilty of some of the worst dives of the season. Plenty of other players in Premier League have dived this season. It's a problem that stretches across the entire league, not simply Suarez.

It's ironic that he admitted to diving against Stoke City. That was the same game where Robert Huth stomped on Suarez's chest.

So which one of those exactly is ruining the game?

That's a much different issue and can be discussed in depth elsewhere. The fact of the matter is, Suarez isn't the first, nor will he be the last to dive during a game.