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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?