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No Diving Please, We're British.

No Diving Please, We're British.

For me, last night, we had a great result ruined by what can only be described as a shameful piece of play acting.

The game was essentially ruined when Hamburg's goalkeeper was sent off after Robin van Persie collapsed in the box after the German stoppers foot grazed van Persie's leg.

I am Arsenal through and through, I will always support Arsenal, through thick and thin, but this is something I can not defend. In the past I have lambasted Drogba, Robben, van Horseface, Ronaldo, Gerrard and I can not make any exception just because the latest offender is a Gooner.

Robin van Persie cheated, plain and simple and that is something that doesn't sit well with me. I hated it when Pires did it, I hated it when Reyes did it and I didn't much care for it last night either. The difference between the three is that the two former gooners were serial offenders, whereas this is the first time I've seen RvP get up to such antics and I firmly believe this was an act of frustraion after he lost his goal scoring opportunity by going past the keeper rather than an act of cold & calculated cheating nad hopefully Robin will feel shame when he's see's it again and will cut it out of his game.

The Hamburg keeper now faces a three match ban (hopefully the card will be rescinded) for a crime he did not commit, infact not only did he not commit a crime, he himself was a victim of crime, (he looked like he needed the help of a victim support group with all the tears!) maybe it's time to change the rules.

Everyone associated with Hamburg has been cheated out of a chance to win the game, the fact that Arsenal were dominant before the sending off is by the by, the German outfit were still denied the chance to compete because of the acts of young Robin, something needs to be done.

In this day and age, where players are often brought before the FA with video evidence being used to punish, or indeed clear players of offences they have been accused of, surely the FA / The Premier League / FIFA / UEFA could get their heads together and come up with suitable guidlines to rid our beautiful game of this cancer which gets worse by the day?!

How often have we heard pf players or managers being fined or banned for bringing the game into disrepute?

I have taken this opportunity to look up the actual meaning of the word 'disrepute' to see if it actually relevent to this argument.

Disrepute - bad repute; low regard; disfavor.

Now correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't diving bringing the game into disrepute? Isn't this vile behaviour making a mockery of our game?

Various campaigns have been set up to erradicate this from the game, but at the end of the day it's just a lot of big talk, the time has come to hit these players hard, if a player is found guilty of 'simulation' they should be given a three match ban. Plain and simple.

Some may say this is punishing an entire team for the act of an individual, but in all honesty, how many managers do you think will put up with their players diving if they will only be able to play a quarter of his clubs games? How many football club boards are going to be happy to pay the wages of a player who can not play on Saturday because they cheat?

Something has to be done.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Thursday September 14 2006
Time: 6:25PM


I take it you didnt see the pre-season friendly against AZ Alkmaar when Rvp made the exact same dive. At the time we were 0-2 up so what was the excuse for it then? The bloke is an idiot, he was in acres of space last night but instead of just shooting like any normal striker he decided he wanted to make himself look good by showing off & then he lost control of the ball, realised he looked stupid & went down deliberately looking to get the hamburg keeper sent off. What gets me even more is how Wenger absolutely slated Eboue for diving in the champions league final to try & get the high moral ground over barcelona but then ridiculously defends rvp last night & claims it was a penalty when millions of people viewing saw rvp dive in the most pathetic manner.
Ashburton Gooner
14/09/2006 19:00:00
You're right I didnt see the dive against AZ, it's something he needs to get out of his game because he is truly a very talented footballer and is better than that!
14/09/2006 19:05:00
Van Persie is an excellent player - no doubt about it but theres a few things i dont admire about his game 1) diving 2) i think hes made a few extremely high challenges with his foot at head height. i think no.2 has gone but i hope the diving will stop before he gets a reputation. that being said - oscar winning performance from RVP with the body twist mid dive.
14/09/2006 19:43:00
If you think RVP's dive was spectacular check the Giggs one. Its an oscar winning dive. I agree that RVP didnt need to do it. He had the ball on his left foot, why try to round the keeper? I hope he'll get a slap from the boss. BTW what is this about british dont dive? i've been following the PL for more than 15 years and i've seen plenty of dives, ok not as much as in spain.
14/09/2006 20:01:00
Pekka - There was a film called "No Sex please, We're British", it was just a play on that.
14/09/2006 20:05:00
Got to well done guys - this standpoint is to be aplauided - we've got our own divers, Robben in particular, and we had a pop at him and Drogba last season about it - fair play to you well done.
14/09/2006 20:30:00
Thanks Rocky for that! I have to admit that i have never been to england even though i've been arsenal faithful for many many years. I've been trying sometime during highburry time but never got a ticket.
14/09/2006 20:31:00
It's embarrasing more than anything OLASAL, we got a great result away from home but it has been completely overshadowed by the fact that Hamburg had to completely change their game because one of our players cheated. I truly hate diving.
14/09/2006 20:32:00
i think u make a good point the game would be better if players could get fines for diving delibiratly
retro hat
14/09/2006 20:43:00
Good to see Van Persie being 'outed' in public.
14/09/2006 21:34:00
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