Scharner - Nice dive Suarez
Paul Scharner has accused Luis Suarez of diving to earn the penalty which set Liverpool on the way to a 2-0 victory at West Brom.
Last Updated: 31/10/11 8:43am
Paul Scharner has accused Luis Suarez of diving to earn the penalty which set Liverpool on the way to a 2-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Suarez was fouled by Jerome Thomas inside the area after just eight minutes at The Hawthorns and Charlie Adam stepped up to put Liverpool in front.
However, after the match, Baggies boss Roy Hodgson questioned referee Lee Mason's decision to award the spot-kick in the latest 'diving' incident to engulf Suarez.
The Uruguayan striker has been criticised for going to ground too easily on several occasions in recent weeks, drawing a passionate defence from Reds boss Kenny Dalglish.
Baggies midfielder Scharner is the latest name to point the finger at Suarez and was unhappy with the award of the penalty, which was brought to the referee's attention by his assistant.
Asked for his verdict on Suarez's performance, Scharner said: "It was a nice dive for the penalty and that got Liverpool well started for the game.
"It put us under pressure and we weren't good enough to respond.
"He (Suarez) is very good at winning penalties. He's one of the best on the planet, in fact. I had a good view of it.
"If that's a penalty, then you will find 1,500 penalties are given in every match.
"I know it was the assistant who flagged for it and maybe he had a better view than the referee. But there was a general feeling amongst all the players that it was a soft penalty."