Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo is concerned new Blues star Eden Hazard will start getting the same treatment as Liverpool’s Luis Suarez if he doesn’t stay on his feet more.
Suarez has been receiving a lot of criticism over the past two weeks for what many people perceive to be him diving, while Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed numerous times that the Uruguayan is not getting legitimate calls for penalties.
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis called for Suarez to be banned for three matches for diving following his side’s 0-0 draw at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Di Matteo made his comments following Hazard not being awarded a penalty against Norwich City in the 4-1 win at Stamford Bridge and suggested he feels talk about foreign players diving may be affecting referees’ decisions.
Liverpool and Chelsea have both had players booked for simulation in recent times, most recently was David Luiz against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium, and Di Matteo said it was important for foreign stars to adapt to the Premier League culture, or risk missing out on calls.
"I wouldn’t accuse my players of going down too easily, but it’s a different culture,” he said in The Times.
“In England you need to try everything to stay on your feet. The three penalties he got in the first few games were clear-cut.
“But there were a few others where he didn’t get them, so I wouldn’t want the officials to have a prejudice against him.”
Hazard did have a productive afternoon despite not getting the penalty, scoring Chelsea’s third on the 4-1 win, coolly finishing off a fantastic counter-attack.