Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has vowed to deal with Luis Suarez “internally” after the striker admitted to diving in an interview.
The Anfield boss insisted Suarez saying he dived in the Premier League clash with Stoke City in October was “unacceptable” and that it was at odds with the way the club was run.
It was also an awkward moment for Rodgers as he had publicly defended the Uruguay international following criticism aimed at him for going down too easily, claiming Suarez had gained a reputation unfairly and that referees were now denying him legitimate penalties.
The former Ajax man was speaking in an interview with Fox Sports in Argentina when he made the admission, but also insisted the media blew his actions out of proportion because his name sells papers.
Rodgers was not best pleased with the resulting fall out and his reaction suggested he would be having stern words with Suarez.
“I think it's wrong. It's unacceptable. I've spoken to Luis and it will be dealt with internally,” he told reporters.
“Diving is not something we advocate. Our ethics are correct.
“He has been totally understanding on where I am coming from as manager of the club.
“This is a big club and, whatever people do say goes around the world, and what was said was wrong and not acceptable. There is no-one bigger than the club or the club's image."
It is unlikely that any strong penalty is meted out to Suarez, as he is so crucial to Liverpool on the pitch at the moment.
The 25-year-old has already scored 15 times in the Premier League so far this season and has been the match-winner for the Merseysiders on numerous occasions.