TONY PULIS laid into Chelsea’s divers and then claimed David Luiz should have been sent off for an horrendous foul on Jon Walters.
By MARK IRWIN
Pulis was fuming after Branislav Ivanovic and Oscar both fell down in the penalty area as Stoke were beaten by a late Ashley Cole goal.
The Potters boss said: “I was really disappointed by the simulation today and Chelsea put enormous pressure on the referee by falling over like that.
“There were three or four instances of people just throwing themselves to the ground. That’s a real bugbear of mine.
“The first incident involving Ivanovic was laughable and the lad Oscar has to know that this is England we’re playing in, not Europe.
“We can’t watch people just fall over and not highlight it.
“It’s a part of the game we don’t talk about enough and I don’t think we should stomach it.”
Ivanovic wanted a penalty after Geoff Cameron’s 23rd-minute challenge, while ref Michael Oliver booked Oscar when the Brazilian star went down under a challenge from Ryan Shawcross.
Luiz was booked for his injury-time lunge at Walters. But Pulis rapped: “It was a dreadful challenge and I think David will be the first one to say he was very, very lucky to stay on the pitch.”
But Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo defended his players and insisted: “I don’t think Oscar’s was a dive. There was contact made by the Stoke defender but the referee didn’t feel there was enough contact.
“I don’t think they could have complained if we’d been given a penalty for that one so, from my point of view, he shouldn’t have booked Oscar.”
After Luiz last night signed a new five-year contract worth £100,000 a week, Di Matteo urged the club to sort out a new deal with match-winner Cole.
The England left-back, 31, is in the final year of his current agreement and has already rejected a 12-month extension.
Di Matteo said: “Ashley’s contract situation is between him and the club and he doesn’t discuss it with me.
“But my recommendation is to make him stay here as long as we can. I’m sure they’ll find a solution because both parties are happy to talk.”