Stoke boss Pulis angered by Real Madrid play-acting

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis is fed up with players making the most of ill-timed challenges.

Pulis was left angry by the play-acting of Real Madrid's players that saw Tottenham striker Peter Crouch sent off.

"I've watched the game and I have to say, there were two silly lunges from an experienced player, but I also get desperately disappointed today when people roll around," said Pulis, whose team take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

"We talk about respect (towards referees) and there should be bigger respect between players as well.

"They have done their damnedest to make the sure the referee has been put under enough pressure.

"I'm not condoning what Crouch has done, but players can help players today.

"It is something that has crept into our game and has become accepted because certain people at the top end of our game almost cover themselves from incidents that occur when challenges take place. I do think it is almost a disease that has gripped English football and I don't like it.

"I think when players roll around and try to get people booked or sent off, that doesn't help at all.

"I think (Professional Footballers' Association chief executive) Gordon Taylor has a responsibility to talk about it and I think the Football Association and the Referees' Association have a responsibility to look at it.

"You see people feigning injury and diving, and in my opinion it is cheating and I think those players should be reprimanded. We talk about bad challenges and certain other incidents in a game and we really go over the top with them. That is the worst type for me, because it is cheating."

 
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