David Luiz left the majority of football fans outraged on Sunday after the Brazilian was caught smiling whilst pretending to be hurt.

Too many times we find ourselves talking about controversial incidents rather than the football on a Sunday evening and for years now it’s been damaging the reputation of the game in this country.

United full back Raphael went through a moment of madness when he kicked out at Luiz in the closing stages of Sunday's clash, moments before Luiz was shown on live TV smiling towards the United fans yet clutching his ankle, eventually seeing his fellow countryman being handed an early exit from the game.

The shot of the Chelsea centre back summed up English football in one image. The cynicism and gamesmanship has reached new heights and this action has topped it off. It leaves a feeling that we are watching actors instead of athletes.

How much of the game is actually football anymore? These days, it all seems to be masked by ludicrous amounts of money, diving, racism, feigning injury and even biting. 

We seem to talk about these incidents far more than what goes on on the field and it comes as no surprise to me that the incidents previously mentioned coincide with the Premier League's decline.

Before the Premier League can start to compete with the likes of La Liga and the Bundersliga again, such behaviour needs to be eradicated as soon as possible to regain the reputation it once had as the Premier competition in club football.

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