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Wayne Rooney: 'I Never Dive'

Wayne Rooney: 'I Never Dive'

Since Eduardo da Silva invented the act of 'simulation' in an opponent's penalty box this August past, the world has reacted with shock and disbelief. So much so that much of the English national media thought his tumble in the area more newsworthy than the fact that scores of Afghans were prevented from voting in a free and open democratic election in their own country. Eduardo goes down easily? Moral compasses go doolalley. 26 Afghans killed trying to vote for their own goverment? Meh.

Of course Eduardo's act of simulation has brought (or should that be bought) condemnation from football's senior and trustworthy figures. He of the nimble feet Mr. Wayne Rooney was the first to speak out against the unspeakable evil that is diving (at this point I will ignore the comments of the actual President of UEFA, who,you know, admitted to diving frequently in his playing days).

'Everyone who watches me play knows I am an honest player,' Rooney said.

'I have never intentionally tried to dive. In fact, there have been times when I have tried to stay on my feet and get the shot off rather than go down.

'It isn't fair for players to dive and try to cheat the other team. And it is not just cheating your opponents, you are cheating the fans as well.'

Bravo Wayne, well said my boy. Where would the world be if one of football's most foremost profiles was caught condoning diving in the penalty area? Imagine if Mr. Rooney was caught actually perpetrating such a despicable act? Eduardo's big crime appeared to be being caught diving against below average opponents live on ITV television when Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United weren't playing. Using the Eduardo dive as a paradigm of disgust, imagine how ITV would react to an England player diving in the area. Hell would hath no fury in comparison.

England captain John Terry was the next to lay blame for this despicable act squarely away from the door of the Englishman.

'I can speak about the England lads and the England team and it (diving) is something we don't do.

'I think sometimes we're too honest because sometimes, even in the Premiership, you see the English lads get a bit of contact and try and stay on their feet and try and score from the chance they've been given.'

Quite so John, quite so. I look forward to the UEFA Investigation that will no doubt back up your claims.LD.

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Sunday September 6 2009
Time: 12:09AM


I agree with their sentiments, but Rooney's quote - "'I have never intentionally tried to dive. In fact, there have been times when I have tried to stay on my feet" seems a bit weak. If he really is such "an honest player", then why does he seem to think that staying on his feet is such an outstanding feat of good sportsmanship. I think we should accept some blame on Eduardo, because it seems he DID dive. I know people talk about him trying to avoid the keeper after his injury, but that seems hopeful at best. It doesn't mean he's a cheat through and through. He probably saw the keeper coming and in that instant, he probably thought a penalty was likely, and looked for one, with the keeper not making as much contact as he would've hoped for. However, the punishment IS flawed, and I can't see why there was so much of a fuss even before the ban. It wasn't the first time a player has dived live on TV, and like you say LD if he was English this would be water under the bridge in the media by now. Nobody wants to see players dive - I felt cheated when Eduardo dived, because he seems like an honest guy, and no doubt he feels he has cheated himself, because he has bought himself a reputation of a diver, but I can't see why there was so much commentary on this particular incident even before UEFA's sanctions.
06/09/2009 00:33:00
0 This has been posted elsewhere, but well worth bringing into he discussion.
Little Dutch
06/09/2009 00:41:00
Rooney: I never dive.... Well what would you call that interesting bit of theatrics, tonight against Slovenia? Not the biggest penalty claim really. Never say never, eh!
06/09/2009 00:48:00
In fact, there have been times when I have tried to stay on my feet and get the shot off rather than go down. Sorry Wayne that is far to much information about your sex life.
06/09/2009 00:49:00
2 match ban! I want to see him get a 2 match ban!
06/09/2009 00:51:00
Stunning levels of hypocrisy - what is it with English players having the IQ of a chimp?! A simple 'Rooney dive' search on youtube will no doubt prove that he is lying. I havent seen his latest 'dive', but I wouldnt be surprised if he did dive. ******** idiots, him and Terry.
06/09/2009 01:11:00
Holy crap, I just saw the Rooney penalty against Slovenia - not only was it not a penalty, Rooney was actually fouling the defender by pulling his shirt, and tripping him. He actually had the gall to appeal for a penalty after all that. ******** idiot just doesnt describe the extent of his idiocy.
06/09/2009 01:18:00
i have a question, where was Rooney when his girlfriend Cristina was diving all over England?? Though iam a Chelsea fan, Terry should not open his mouth on this issue aswell. His team mates don't have an illustrious past on this issue aswell.
06/09/2009 01:22:00
Rooney claiming honesty while blatantly lying is quite ridiculous. Never intentionally dived? - just ask Sol Campbell.
06/09/2009 10:04:00
I wonder if shrek will get a two game ban for his dive against slovenia?
06/09/2009 10:22:00
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