Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis will tolerate a great many things — like headbutting one's own players while wearing just a towel, for example — but diving is not one of them. Following Palace's 1-1 draw with Swansea on Sunday, Pulis announced he would fine both Marouane Chamakh and Jerome Thomas for their acts of simulation during the match.
From the BBC:
Pulis said: "They'll pay money for that. They will both be fined.
"It's a disease. It's one we're almost rid of but if people do it, they've got to be reminded it's not right."
That's only part of the punishment Pulis had in store for Thomas, though. The 30-year-old attempted to win a late penalty with his effort, but only got a yellow card for his poor acting. So after the match, Pulis hauled him down to see referee Mike Dean.
Pulis said he and Thomas apologised to the referee after the match at the Liberty Stadium.
He said: "It's something I'm very strong on. I've been in to see Mike and JT waited for him to apologise at full-time."
The way Pulis' teams play isn't often admired, but if more managers took the position on diving that he does, the game would certainly benefit.
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