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Tony Pulis to fine Crystal Palace players for diving

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Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has called for Premier League clubs to help officials by taking a stand against players who simulate in an attempt to con referees.

Following the Eagles' 1-1 draw at Swansea City last weekend, Pulis confirmed to the media that he would fine Jerome Thomas and Marouane Chamakh after he felt they had gone to the ground too easy.

With officials coming under intense pressure more than ever this season, the Welshman believes that clubs in the top-flight should do their best to support officials.

"They (Thomas and Chamakh) have done fantastic for us but we just don't want to see it," he said ahead of Palace's match with Southampton.

"I think it is most probably the first time and the last time you will see it.

"The one thing I will say is that it is difficult enough refereeing games of football with the pace that the players play at today.

"We should be trying to make it as simple as possible for them to do that, not make it more difficult and we have a responsibility on our side to do that properly."

As the Eagles prepare to take on Southampton at Selhurst Park this weekend, Pulis has admitted his fondness for the Premier League rivals and has hailed the academy that has nurtured Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott in recent seasons.

"I have watched them quite a few times and I think the manager has done a fantastic job there," he added.

"They have got an identity to their team, they play a certain way that is a little bit different to most other teams in the Premier League. As a manager you enjoy watching certain teams.

"Lallana actually went to school with my daughter so we always look at what Adam is doing. He comes from a lovely family and is a very level-headed lad and it is lovely to see him doing so well.

"With Shaw and (Callum) Chambers, I don't know what they put in the water down there but they certainly produce some very, very good players."

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