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Rafael Benitez: Diving could die out

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Napoli manager Rafael Benitez believes diving will die out because of the amount of cameras at football grounds these days, saying players will be embarrassed by replays of their actions.

The former Liverpool and Chelsea manager was speaking in light of Ashley Young's latest discrepancy against Real Sociedad, where the former Watford man tumbled in the area despite minimal contact to earn Manchester United a more than dubious penalty. 

Robin van Persie missed the resulting spot kick as the Premier League champions went on to draw the game 0-0. However, it's not always the case that justice is done and there have been many times in recent memory where an ill-awarded spot kick has been converted. 

The Spaniard said: "I can see that everyone is saying that it must be stopped, and I think that is a positive thing. 

"But before people start thinking of solutions - like video evidence - we must remember that cameras are everywhere now. So no one can hide, and they will be embarrassed because the dive is replayed on TV, again and again and again."

Benitez also believes managers are right to speak to players that are constantly diving, insisting it harms their own reputation as well as the clubs. 

He continued: "Just one time and it is normal; no need to make a big point perhaps. But more than once - yes, have a word and make it clear how it can reflect on the reputation of him and, more importantly, the club. 

"Don't forget that players are people, too. They don't like the television to show them cheating in clips which go up ten times a day."

With many foreign players in particular being criticised for their on-field antics, the La Liga-winning manager does not believe the problem is any worse in Spain than England.

"The rules apply to everyone," Benitez added. "People tend to complain more about foreign players diving and say they do it more. I don't see it that way, the English players do it too."

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