Professional Footballers Association chairman Clarke Carlisle has called for the game to take a zero tolerance approach to diving and on-field confrontations.

Carlisle accepts that taking a hard line could spark a flurry of red cards and suspensions but he is convinced the sport would soon see the benefits and improve as a spectacle.

Last weekend saw two high-profile Barclays Premier League players accused of diving in the penalty area while there were also three instances of top-flight players arguing with team-mates. Confrontations between rival players and the haranguing of referees are also not uncommon.

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