DAVID MOYES has urged derby referee Andre Marriner to beware Luis Suarez – after claiming the Liverpool FC striker is driving supporters away from football.
Everton manager Moyes believes Suarez was responsible for Jack Rodwell’s controversial early red card in last season’s Goodison clash, which Liverpool went on to win 2-0.
The Uruguayan has come under fire this season for his tendency to go to ground, attracting ferocious criticism following a clear dive against Stoke City earlier this month.
And, ahead of tomorrow’s 219th Merseyside derby, Moyes has expressed concerns over Suarez and called for divers to be retrospectively punished.
“I have concerns because I think he has got history,” said the Scot. “But I am not the referee, I am not the one that does that.
“But I tell you what it will do – it will turn the supporters away from football. It is hard for the referees, it really is. But it will turn supporters away from it if they think players are conning their way to results.
“People like to see things done in the main correctly. If a ball hits your hand, of course you are going to claim for it. And you will take every decision you get.
“But when people are out to manufacture it, supporters in general will not like it.”
Moyes added: “I have got a view that retrospective viewing of diving should be seen as more important than some of the technology that they are talking about coming in.
“I think it would make the referee’s job and awful lot easier if that was there. Banning? I think if you did that, it wouldn’t take long before you cut it out.
“I think it is a discussion to be had. I don’t think supporters like the idea of players going down easily.
“You just find it very hard to go along with but you have to give the referee the chance to referee the game the way he sees it.”