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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 6 2009

Time: 12:09AM

Your Comments

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.
ArsenalRob
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhQF9h4x4Lw This has been posted elsewhere, but well worth bringing into he discussion.
Little Dutch
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!
JoeyCole
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.
CoxintheBox
2 match ban! I want to see him get a 2 match ban!
LeeCookFan
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.
prits
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.
prits
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.
Taimur
Rooney claiming honesty while blatantly lying is quite ridiculous. Never intentionally dived? - just ask Sol Campbell.
Amos.
I wonder if shrek will get a two game ban for his dive against slovenia?
Armory
Here you go prits: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2FilSIGfCo
ArsenalRob
What SHOULD the reaction of been then to Eduardos dive then LD? Nothing at all because of the Afgan elections? And Rooney, what an hypocritical idiot.
HuddersfieldYiddo
I'm not saying the issue should have been ignored. But there's this tonking great massive grey area between ignoring it and Sky News featuring the dive on their news bulletin before the Afghan elections. I've looked at Sky News online today and see no mention of Rooney's dive. Funny that.......
Little Dutch
I still don't think it was a dive. He was trying to assault the guy.
Tom14
Hehe hypocrite, a rather politically stupid one too.
GoonerLou
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cmpozcslIA&feature=related
bootoo
I'm with Tom ... I don't think it was a dive ... but it was a foul and to award Rooney a penalty was an extrordinary decision!
Rocky7
I found it interesting Rooney ate turf the exact second it became impossible to get the ball. A lot of the furore around Eduardo was his knowing grin once the penalty was awarded. Interestinglythe first shot of Rooney post penalty awards was him s*******ing with fellow belly flopper Stevie Me.
Little Dutch
LD - Silly article. Rooney is English and therefore physically incabable of diving. The mere insinuation is slanderous in itself. Diving and other forms of 'gamesmanship' are so entrenched into modern day football it's now immpossible to combat, but suppose the powers that be have to give the illusion of doing something. Although must admit I'm loving the fact that out of all the clubs in the world it had to happen to le arse ;)
Phartman87
so, if the Ref makes a bad penalty call, as part of the 'respect' campaign the captain of the team should just roll the ball back to the keeper no? way to show johnny foreigner rooney
bootoo
Barely a mention of the incident in the media. Typically something like 'Rooney was fortunate to get a penalty'. Waving his arms about probably helped a little bit, as well as that cheating foreigner he'd just kicked out of the game rolling around pretending to be hurt. Obvious simulation by the Slovenian.
Wyn Mills
I didn't see the Slovenia game but Rooney is lying thorugh his back teeth either way. If you look at the game against Arsenal fkn 2 weeks ago, stupid as Almunias run was Rooney WAS going down before any contact was made, and i doubt the contact that was made would warrant him falling over. Fkn stupid bull***** Man United cheating fkn cu*ts! ...is if weird that i hate ManU more then Spurs?
FuiKaka
AND!! How can Rooney despise diving that much when he was anal buddies with fkn Christiano Ronaldo of all people? Currently the biggest cheating dirty over-dramatic diving cu*t in the game? Where the fk is that big homo's 2 match ban? ...What a crock of ***** this whole fkn saga is.
FuiKaka
Some clubs should be very quiet when this type of thing gets time in the media. And Rooney, coming from United should keep very quiet. Ronaldo is the most professional diver ever - it looks so real, you have to watch it in slow motion from every angle to see that no contact were made. Drogba is also a diver, but he's not good at it, and neither were Berbatov when he played for us.
NorwaYid
Rooney has dived on occasion and I can openly admit to that. I refute his claims that he never dives but what happened against Slovenia was NOT a dive. What is it this with you Arsenal fans? Is Eduardo the first player in Europe to be banned for diving? Gilardino, Adriano, etc have all been banned for diving before. What is with all this childish behaviour? Maybe we should ban ANY form of contact from the game? You're on a mission to drag someone down with Eduardo but it just won't work! There's a fine line between going down easily on a contact and just plain simulated diving! Please learn the difference and stop with these tragically skewed arguments!
ForeverUnited
I think it's a clear dive, the second he realises he can't get the ball, BANG, eats turf. Besides, Eduardo was charged for "intent to decieve the referee or supporting him in making an incorrect decision." Rooney claimed the penalty so is liable under that charge. I think if you're going to dive in a friendly 48 hours after you tell the assembled press you never dive, you're bringing the trouble on yourself.
Little Dutch
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTxl799Q2t4&feature=related
anonymous
Simulated diving???? Is that not like real diving then??? Tragically skewed arguments are surely those that excuse the same unpunished action of one player that another gets punished for. It isn't clear cut that there wasn't contact in Eduardo's case but one is given the benefit of the doubt and another isn't. How can you accept such an arbitrary and subjective form of justice?
Amos.
ForeverUnited ...if this happened to a ManU player can you imagine the uproar? Don't give us that "you arsenal fans" *********. What happened to Eduardo was fair, in the sense he got punished for wrong-doing, but so very unfair to Arsenal as we know that would never happened to the referee protected Old Trafford mother*****ers and plenty of other players. If its going to be cracked down on, it needs to be done in full force. Not just picked players that make the most media about diving.
FuiKaka
Cut some slack about JT< fellas. He's captain and obviously has to rouse his troops!
JT_daniel
 

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