Diving: Why FIFA must act before it's too late

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When you ask a football fan who the biggest diver in the game is, some say Arjen Robben, Fernando Torres and Sergio Busquets, but the most common name amongst them is also the most well known - Cristiano Ronaldo.

Although his fans deny it, there are several long videos on YouTube debating which his most obvious dives are, but the worst thing is, the vast majority of them result in the player that supposedly tackled him getting penalised while he looks jubilant at his teammates after winning a free-kick or penalty in the dirtiest of manners.

But don't be fooled, he is not the only one and many football fans like to use him to cast the wool over our eyes on other players.

In the group stages of the 2012/13 Champions League, when Chelsea travelled to Turin to face Juve, Fernando Torres fell every time a Juventus defender was close to him. Although he was often told to get back up, he was never punished, which is just as bad on the referee’s part for not punishing him.

Meanwhile, AC Milan are one of the classiest and most glamorous teams in Europe, and have always been known for their fair play and trying to play the game in the way that Brazil, Italy, Spain, Argentina and the Netherlands have shown us how it should be played.

Though one of the most frequent and obvious divers is currently on their books - Ghana international Kevin-Prince Boateng. Although there is no denying his clear talent, he shouldn’t have to play the referee to get what he wants.

Now there is a new name in Europe to join the illustrious names of Europe’s great divers - FC Barcelona’s new Brazilian sensation, Neymar.

At this year's edition of the Confederations Cup, he has shown us all that he isn’t an overrated, overhyped kid and actually may be one of the best players in the world.

But as well as showing us his stunning finishing ability and his jaw-dropping array of attributes, he has also shown that he has a lack of respect for his opposition and referee by falling down every time a player comes within a two metre radius of him.

For a group of very talented players, this is completely unacceptable and it is disgusting to think that these are the players that have come through to replace the likes of Roberto Baggio, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Alessandro Del Piero and Thierry Henry. 

Until drastic changes are made at the top of football's governing body, FIFA, change is unlikely to come just yet. But it is also partially down to referees letting big names do what they want.


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