Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s diving admission brought swift admonishment from manager Brendan Rodgers, who described the comments as “unacceptable”.
In a television interview, the Uruguay international confessed he had tried to win a penalty in October’s goalless draw with Stoke by going down in the area.
He was unsuccessful in his attempts – although he escaped punishment – and his actions brought stinging condemnation from Potters boss Tony Pulis at the time.
Rodgers has staunchly stood behind his star striker when criticism has come his way, but following this latest admission there was no defence.
The 25-year-old has been spoken to by the Reds boss, who stressed the issue will be “dealt with internally” – although the club would not confirm what that would involve.
“I’ve seen the comments and I think it is wrong. Certainly from our perspective it is unacceptable,” said Rodgers.
“It is not something we advocate here. Our ethics are correct.
“I’ve spoken to Luis and he is totally understanding, and knows where I’m 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 - he takes that and we move on.
“There is no-one bigger than the club or the club’s image.
“The comments, from our point of view as a club, are not what we would want to hear.
“This is something which was obviously wrong and is not something we associate with as a club of this standing.”