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Diving Debate: Embarrassing Part of the Game or Result of Poor Officiating?


Now this could be a controversial debate but it's personally how I feel. We all know and most have accepted that diving has become a big part of modern football and more often than not there is one occassion in every game. However, I feel that diving has become such a big problem because of poor officiating. Players seem to feel that they have to go down in order to earn a free kick or penalty because the referees are giving players the clear fouls if they remain upright. I recall the Celtic vs. Juventus CL games were Juventus were pushing, pulling and holding Celtic players at every corner and free-kick and no fouls were given whatsoever. Then there is the Liverpool vs. Manchester United game. Daniel Sturridge is given a penalty for a clear dive but Luis Suarez was pushed in the back and clipped in the first half and remained on his feet but no foul was given. Officiating to me seems so inconsistent and often it seems like the referees cannot recongize a foul without the player going down looking for a foul. What do you think? 


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machine44 · Hull City fan

For me i dont like the whole diving aspect of the game but i have reluctantly accepted it......... for me the biggest issue is the right punishment for players caught diving, recently there was a player fouled 3 times for diving and dived again........... though a dive is a booking so surely they shouldnt get to dive 3 times........... its the next step in the game for me, if they have goalline technology they have to have diving technology lol

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Doozers20 · Man Utd fan

The challenge on Jarvis today is exactly why players go down easily, for me it's a clear penalty whether he goes down or not, his stumbling could have prevented him from keeping the ball in play, and that was down to Sagna tripping him...

People might say 'credit to Jarvis' but for me he's stupid for staying on his feet and it's bad refereeing, clear trip.

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Posford · Norwich City fan

The officials are only human and we have to appreciate that it is down to their perception and angle of the incident. Personally as a Rugby fan, I'd like to see use of the TMO in Football as it would help solve big decisions such as penalties. I don't know how it would be implemented as the main argument against it is that it would slow the game down but perhaps it could be on a challenge system like in Cricket or Tennis when each team is given a certain amount of opportunities to challenge a contentious decision. The call for the review would be made by the captain (with council from fellow players) as this places more of a leadership role on the captain- a role that is rather redundant in football these days and it would encourage strong-decisive leadership

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releasethekraken · Liverpool fan

I'd never blame the officials for it - their job is so difficult especially when players are trying to fool you. and as for embarrassing, my views on diving are very clear - it's just another of many ways of gaining an advantage on a football pitch. and until they actually start introducing retrospective bans, i want liverpool players to do it as much as they can. and more importantly do it well. i'm getting sick of the constant whinging about diving - go and watch another sport if you're that offended by it.

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AFC_Harry34 · Arsenal fan

When a player just falls over it's embarrassing, but if they make the most of contact that's ok

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MB_Ktubes · Liverpool fan

*aren't alien

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MB_Ktubes · Liverpool fan   In reply

@Doozers20 Exactly referees and their assistants are alien to the game of football they must understand what is and what isn't a foul the same as any football fan yet they only seem to ever give a foul if the player goes down whether it be a dive or not. It's just not acceptable, especially in Europe when you have the extra official who should be helping out surely at certain points he can see whether its a foul better than the ref?

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Doozers20 · Man Utd fan

I don't know why there is an 'or' in there, it is an embarrassing part of the game but also in part down to poor officiating for the reason you said.

I remember Danny Welbeck being dragged around the penalty area against Wigan when trying to get a shot off, but he didn't go down therefore didn't get a penalty, this was the season City won the league, Wigan won 1-0 that day, thoroughly deserved may I add.

It just seems as though players know this and sometimes they expect more contact than they get but because it may be ingrained in them that when fouled they should go down, then some are going down off slight contact.

Though some are just plain cheating and there is no contact whatsoever, i.e. Sturridge against United.

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