Moyes: Uruguayan lucky not to have been sent off

The bad blood between David Moyes and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez deepened with the Everton manager claiming the Uruguayan should not have been on the pitch before his legitimate injury-time ‘goal’ was wrongly ruled out for offside in the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.

In the build-up to the match, Moyes said the diving of players such as Suarez was driving supporters away from the game. The Scot got a close-up view after 13 minutes when Suarez celebrated his hand in Liverpool opening the scoring by jumping four feet in the air before landing at Moyes’s feet in celebration.

Moyes admitted there was nothing wrong with Suarez’s late winner but insisted the former Ajax striker should have been given a straight red card for a challenge on Sylvain Distin in the 71st minute.

The Everton manager said: “I thought [the dive] was great. I actually quite liked that and it’s the sort of thing I’d have done if I’d scored but I’ve got to say he was a very lucky man to stay on the pitch for his tackle.

“If we’d have scored a third I probably would have done the same to him. He’s going to have to dive in front of a lot of managers now isn’t he?”

Asked if he thought Suarez should have been dismissed for the challenge on Distin, he added: “Definitely. I’ve not seen the other ones but they’ve shown me the tackle from behind down Sylvain’s leg. It’s over the top.”

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could not disguise his disgust at seeing Suarez’s effort ruled out.

The Northern Irishman, who put Suarez’s dive down to ‘Scouse wit’, said: “I am so disappointed it didn’t count because it was an easy decision. I am not going to keep going on about officials because it has been happening to us all season.

“But that one at the end was quite straightforward. It was a free-kick from deep and the ball was in the air for a long time and you could clearly see he was onside.

“When he put it in he was marginally level. It was a terrific finish and he could have had a hat-trick.

“So, instead of being a brilliant win for us, we are left feeling frustrated. At the same time I am very proud because of the way my young team performed in a real cauldron.”

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