Pulis plays hard-ball as Palace pair to set to be fined for diving

Financial penalty: Jerome Thomas is one of two Palace men set to be fined by the club for diving

Financial penalty: Jerome Thomas is one of two Palace men set to be fined by the club for diving

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Crystal Palace duo Jerome Thomas and Marouane Chamakh will be fined by the club as Tony Pulis attempts to cure the diving disease.

Thomas was booked for diving in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at 10-man Swansea City – where Glenn Murray bagged his first goal since his return from injury – and Pulis said Chamakh got away with one earlier in the game.

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."

"It's something I'm very strong on. I've been in to see Mike [Dean, the referee] and Jerome waited for him to apologise at full-time."

The point in south Wales keeps Palace three points above the dropzone.

Murray’s equaliser came from the spot when the striker was tripped by Chico Flores on the edge of the box.

The Spanish defender was sent off, and Swansea argued that contact had been made outside the penalty area but Pulis said the decision was correct.

"The first touch might have been outside but I think it carries on and he catches him inside the box," he said.

manager Tony Pulis says he will fine Jerome Thomas and Marouane Chamakh for diving during the 1-1 draw with Swansea.

Winger Thomas was booked in stoppage time by referee Mike Dean and Pulis said striker Chamakh got away with a similar offence earlier in the match.

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."

Palace had already benefited from a contentious penalty decision to equalise Jonathan de Guzman's opening goal for Swansea.

Substitute Thomas tried to persuade Dean to award another spot-kick in the closing seconds of the match but was shown a yellow card.

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Hit in the pocket: Marouane Chamakh got away with a dive in the draw at Swansea City, says Tony Pulis

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."

Palace's leveller came from Glenn Murray after the substitute striker was tripped by Chico Flores on the edge of the box.

The Spanish defender was sent off and Swansea played the final 10 minutes a man down.

Swansea argued that contact had been made outside penalty area but Pulis said the penalty decision was correct.

Pulis said: "The first touch might have been outside but I think it carries on and he catches him inside the box."

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