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Mass Hysteria As Eduardo Invents The Dive

Mass Hysteria As Eduardo Invents The Dive

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.

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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Thursday August 27 2009
Time: 11:06AM

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GKXAKQY-0Y - 26 seconds in is like watching a replays of eduardos! :)
nakcuh
27/08/2009 11:20:00
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Firstly, there was plenty of contact in Istanbul. Gattuso clearly pulled Gerrard. Secondly, I was actually very surprised to see Eduardo dive. It seems 'out of character' but with the punishment handed out to Kyle Lafferty and Dida, I wouldn't be too surprised if Eduardo gets a small ban.
Aamir
27/08/2009 11:25:00
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Firstly, there was plenty of contact in Istanbul. Gattuso clearly pulled Gerrard. Secondly, I was actually very surprised to see Eduardo dive. It seems 'out of character' but with the punishment handed out to Kyle Lafferty and Dida, I wouldn't be too surprised if Eduardo gets a small ban.
Aamir
27/08/2009 11:25:00
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My previous post - so good they show it twice!
Aamir
27/08/2009 11:26:00
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Don't gimme that Aamir, Gattuso touched his shoulder. Football is a contact sport, you can touch each other as long as it doesnt impede the other player, do you seriously expect me to believe that a hand on Gerrard's shoulder made both of his knees buckle? *********. If Eduardo get's a ban I would be shocked .... but if he does I fully expect ALL diving players to get the same treatment from here on in.
Rocky7
27/08/2009 11:30:00
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...... because if they don't I'm sure as hell Wenger will point out every case of diving to the relevant authorities.
Rocky7
27/08/2009 11:31:00
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What a ridiculous post! How dare you claim Stevie G and Wazza have ever dived?? They're English and therefore completely honest in everything they do, only those dirty foreigners dive!! We should ban them from our country, then we'd never see cheating in the Premier League and England would win the World Cup!! If it ever looked like my heroes Wayne and Stevie dived it's because some foreigner tricked them into it!! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- If an English player dives then everybody in the country is happy to look the other way and never speak of it again. Of course, if a foreign player dives...
TheBoyInRed&White
27/08/2009 11:35:00
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Poor Eduardo's got no chance with our media. He's got 2 things against him: 1) he wears an Arsenal shirt 2) he's a foreigner. I'm fed up at the frankly racist bias of the English media. I saw Gerrard pull off blatant dives at least TWICE last year in CL games and hardly a mention. What a load of hooey about nothing!
julieloveshenry4ever
27/08/2009 11:36:00
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Gerrard's dive at our place last year in the league as an absolute embarassment
shewore
27/08/2009 11:38:00
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I'm not disputing that Gerrard probably did go down a bit easily but Gattuso did pull his shirt. Sometimes, you need to make the most of illegal contact so you can get the decision, something Van Persie regularly does. In all honesty, I don't have a problem with that. Sometimes a foul does need to be made more obvious.
Aamir
27/08/2009 11:45:00
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