Date:Thursday August 27 2009
Diving is a culture in football that most fans hate to see (unless of course it's against an old enemy or someone who's wronged you in the past, which makes it perfectly legal of course), it's cheap, it's unsavoury and it's not within the spirit of the game.
Diving can appear in many guises, it can be cold and calculated, it can arrive in the heat of the moment, or it can be caused by a player anticipating contact that ultimately never arrives. But when all's said and done, there are so many tv cameras in football grounds these days that players will never get away with it.
Eduardo's dive last night was very disappointing to see, in all honesty it took a little shine off a job otherwise very well done, but at the same time the mass hysteria surrounding the incident way over the top. Anyone would think that Eduardo was the inventor of the dive, when in actual fact it's been around for much longer than you realise, it even pre-dates the invasion of Johnny Foreigner.
Does anyone remember such a kerfuffle when Rooney took tumbles against Blackburn, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham or Villarreal?
See here. How about Saint Stevie? Should he be banned for plunges against Bolton or the lowly Andorra?
See here. Does anyone mention how he fell to the ground with no contact whatsoever in that (puke bags at the ready) 'famous night in Istanbul'
Like it or not, diving is a part of our game, it's cheating, it's ugly but it's there. I'm all for retrospective punishment, but at the same time we have to be consistent, you can't have allowances because of the shirt a player wears or the passport he carries.
So yes, ban Eduardo for three matches, but ban Rooney, Gerrard, Drogba, Ronaldo, and anyone else who tries to con the ref, their fellow professionals and the paying fans, but don't make Dudu the scapegoat, don't act like this is the first time you've seen a diving player and certainly don't get on your moral high horse just because this is an Arsenal player ..... no matter which club you support, you all have players who are 'light on their feet'.
Diving is commonplace in football, it's ugly, but it's not as ugly as hypocrisy.
Date:Thursday August 27 2009
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